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The Dark Side of the Holidays

                    The Dark Side of the Holidays By John Thurman While I absolutely love this time of the year, there was one Christmas Season where, at least for a few moments, I thought about ending it. Much like George Bailey, the lead character in Frank Capra’s, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I was pretty close to rock bottom.  I had gone through a job loss, was renting a house from a friend, at a gracious rate, and was barely making enough to make ends meet. I was […]

The First Christmas After A Loss

Helpful tips for people facing their first Christmas after a loss. Are your Christmas lights up? Have you started your Christmas shopping? Have you reached your limit of Hallmark holiday movies? Today, with the help of my grandson, our kitchen will be filled with the intoxicating aroma of two of the favorite holiday treats, sausage balls, and Martha Washington candy (recipes at the end). These are two of the extraordinary things my momma made for me as a kid, and even as recently as two years ago she made them for me and mailed them […]

Cutting Down Holiday Stress

Well, we are officially off to the retail madness of the Holiday Season with yet another Black Friday followed by Cyber Monday. As I pen this post, I am having a flashback about spending three Christmases managing a Christian Gift Shop in at the Macon Mall in Macon, Georgia. At the time, I was grateful for that chapter in my life, but I am glad is in my past. For many people, this time of year is about as exciting as being told you need a root canal immediately. There are countless individuals feels an […]