Edward Goreys off-kilter depictions of Yuletide mayhem and John Updikes wryly jaundiced text examine a dozen Christmas traditions with a decidedly wheezy ho-ho-ho. What is this guy Santa Claus really up to? Just what is his arrangement to those elves? Will the Christmas tree topple under the weight of its baubles, will the tiny reindeer hooves ruin the roof? - are perfectly complemented by the haunted-looking shoppers and partygoers in Gorey's humorously unsettling illustrations.