Celebrate 25 years of David Sedaris reading his Santaland Diaries:: LISTEN

“I wear green velvet knickers, a forest green velvet smock, and a perky little hat decorated with spangles. This is my work uniform,”

While those “other” families have countless Christmas classics to enjoy year after year, LGBT families have few stories that truly speak to their heart and fabulous sensibilities.  If it weren’t for the incomparable David Sedaris with his hilariously twisted observations on working as an elf named Crumpet at Macy’s Santaland, we’d have one less.

They can have their fictional yarns of a wonderful life, t’what happened the night before Christmas, and that manger mashugana. What Sedaris kept were diaries of truth that would serve him well when read them on NPRs Morning Edition 25 years ago, today.

If you’ve never heard David Sedaris read it himself, there is nothing like it!


That first reading became Sedaris’ major break and an annual NPR holiday institution.  “The Santaland Diaries” were published in 1994 in “Barrel Fever” and again in 1997s “Holidays on Ice” collection which includes, “Season’s Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!” and “Dinah, the Christmas Whore” among others.

The “Diaries” were adapted by Tony Award winner, Joe Mantello into a one-man show which premiered off-Broadway in 1996 and has become a holiday staple for theaters across the country.

David Sedaris’ latest book is the critically acclaimed,

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