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Redneck Night Before Christmas

Redneck night before Christmas
Davis
1997

Submitter: Between the eerily disproportionate illustrations and the highly questionable content, I think this is one of the best books I’ve found in our collection. Santa in camouflage with “Bless the NRA” on his cap and “Go ahead make my day” on the back of his shirt… I hardly have words! A favorite excerpt from the text: “Maw got a girdle to hold in her pelvis, and a velvet painting of her idol Elvis.” Our library system has a few rural branches where this charming title could land and nobody would bat an eye, but here in town notsomuch. I was appalled to see that we own not one but two copies of this book; they will be weeded before the day is out!

Holly: There’s a fine line between cute and offensive. Say what you want about political correctness, but you really have to know your community of users and their tolerance before you add something like this to your library collection and think it’s “cute.” On a related note, just for kicks I looked up what the politically correct term for redneck is and saw the suggestion “rustically inclined.” #gimmeabreak

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9 Responses to Redneck Night Before Christmas

  • If y’all decide to sell this one, I know a few people who’d like it.

  • I come from a long line of “rednecks” and grew up in a very small southern mill town where the general population could be classified as “rednecks”. All that I know are quite proud of the moniker and would probably find this book hilarious! Having said that, I don’t think an urban public library is the place for it. More of a gift book. Rednecks can make fun of themselves, but don’t ever make the mistake of making fun of a redneck! Or worse yet, a friend or relative of a redneck!

    • As a moderately left-wing Englishman of lower-middle class suburban origins, I was genuinely startled to realise that “redneck” is not a deadly insult tantamount to the N-word or some other ethnic slur.

      I’m not sure who that says more about, rednecks or lower-middle class suburbanites.

      • I kind of consider redneck a compliment….my biggest issue with this might be the Confederate flag. I can see this would definitely be an issue of “know your library.” My library would be fine with it.

  • I remember finding this in the “holiday” section of a public library I used to manage! This was in the rural South so it worked there, but as a liberal New England native I was a little surprised to find it.

  • The artist even made sure Santa’s headlights were out of alignment.

  • Sounds like it might be a hit with folks who like “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”

  • I sing “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” on kareoke for my parents each Christmas, but I find this book kind of creepy, especially the picture of Santa. I once had a nightmare that a guy dressed like that came into our home and laughed just before he shot my brother and me. Horrible.

  • I used to work in a rural library in the “Live Free or Die” state. One of our teen pages received a Christmas gift consisting of a shotgun and a sack of beef jerky from her dad. Not because she wanted either, but because the dad had lost his right to own a firearm, and his driver’s license (thus making it hard to shop). All the kids got guns and jerky for Christmas that year…