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Politically Correct Holiday Stories: For an Enlightened Yuletide Season (original 1995; edition 1995)

by James Finn Garner (Author), H B Lewis (Cover artist)

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Title:Politically Correct Holiday Stories: For an Enlightened Yuletide Season
Authors:James Finn Garner (Author)
Other authors:H B Lewis (Cover artist)
Info:MacMillan First Edition, Hardcover
Collections:Misc. Major Press US
Rating:****
Tags:humor collection

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Politically Correct Holiday Stories by James Finn Garner (1995)

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Delightful collection of rewritten Christmas stories--the author explaining, in character, that he has modestly undertaken the "task of liberating the holidays from the oppressiveness of tradition". He dedicates the work to a campus "where mistletoe has been officially banned as a holiday decoration, because...it tends to sanctify uninvited endearment".

Begins with comic versery - "Twas the Night Before Solstice...and all through the co-op, Not a creature was messing the calm status quo up." Etc.

Next, a re-write of "Frosty the Persun of Snow", so as not to offend those who are snow-challenged. Then the "Nutcracker" story is revised so as not to offend serfs or pre-adults. Or the tribal mice.

"Rudolph the Nasally Empowered Reindeer" is the elevated biography of that unique individual of the luminescent olfactory organ. And no, we are not spared the suffering he endured as the victim of bullying from peers, and of cruel or ignorant care-givers. Sadly, the tale ends badly.

This small well-crafted book concludes with five staves of "A Christmas Carol", rewritten so as not to offend the "spiritual facilitators", or other celebrants. No Christians were harmed in the retelling of sweet Dickens' Scrooge bio. ( )
  keylawk | Jan 7, 2014 |
I was lookin for a quick funy holiday book and sadly this did not deliver. It was inventive and unique, for sure, but... mot what I wanted to read at all. Thankfully it was only 99 pages or I never would have finished it!

This tiny book is a collection of short re-imagined holiday tales that have been politically corrected. The reindeer lobby for better rights, Clara won't go off with the nutcracker because "such a journey is symbolic of the violent abduction that occurs in the wedding night [she then mentions that Dorothy and Alice have never been the same]," Frsoty melts due to global warming, etc.

Clever but I just wasn't having it. ( )
  ecataldi | Dec 19, 2013 |
you'll be rolling on the floor as you attempt to get some of the new politically-correct phrases out of your mouth. It will be worse if you are actually trying to follow a tempo. ( )
  dragonasbreath | Oct 23, 2011 |
James Finn Garner hopped on the bandwagon of "political correctness" parodies in the mid-1990s with several volumes which retold classic tales in a more...progressive...tone. The humor in all three of the libraries owned by the libraries (Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Once Upon a More Enlightened Time: More Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, and Politically Correction Holiday Stories: For an More Enlightened Yuletide Season) is all a bit heavy-handed and blatant, but still chuckle-worthy. The holiday version, with its retelling of "A Christmas Carol", "The Hanukkah Story" and "'Twas the Night Before Christmas", with the removal of all references that could be considered sexist, ageist, spiritual or imperialistic, is particularly bizarre. Give these a try if you're a fan of broad humor!

Originally reviewed for my local library's website: http://www.lincolnlibraries.org/depts/bookguide/srec/staffrec10-12.htm ( )
  cannellfan | Jan 16, 2011 |
A scary collection of short holiday tales rewritten in a more politically correct way. An enjoyable holiday read. ( )
  dswaddell | Jan 1, 2011 |
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Dedicated to the good persuns of Moorhead State University, where mistletoe has been officially banned as a holiday decoration, because, according to school president Roland Dillie, it "Tends to sanctify uninvited endearment."

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Holiday tales have long delighted and entertained us, but until now they've always been burdened with society's skewed values and mores. Stories that reinforce the stifling class system, (Dickens' A Christmas Carol) legitimize the stereotype of a merry, overweight patriarchal oppressor (Santa a Clause in The Night Before Christmas,)and justify the domestication and subjugation of wild animals (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, abound in the literature and lore of this season.

Now James Finn Garner has stepped in to revise and improve these familiar tales to free our social consciousness from the ghost of prejudice past. From the newly revised "Nutcracker" to "Frosty the Persun of Snow", these stories rekindle the true holiday spirit and redefine the idea of "good will to all men" to include womyn, pre-adults, and companion animals as well.

Yes, the international best-selling author of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories and Once Upon a More Enlightened Time is back again, to offer a holiday gift that will fit all sizes, welcome all persuasions, and non-persuasions, and be treasure for politically correct generations to come.
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Retells traditional holiday tales from a politically correct point of view, eliminating gender and social biases.

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