Holiday mess; holiday stress

Lucius Gantt
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The Gantt Report

Holiday mess; holiday stress

By Lucius Gantt

      The Gantt Report is hopeful for a joyous and happy holiday season to all of its readers.

I say hope because at this time of year there are many smiles and just as many frowns!

Most of us will experience a lot of holiday mess and seasonal stress!

This time of year is supposed to be a time of good tidings and holiday cheer. However, after a rudimentary inspection you will find that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is filled with burglaries, robberies, home invasions, purse snatchings, homicides, suicides and an array of other crimes.

Holiday season is the time for peace on earth and good will towards men. But many people find their peace in the heroin needle, the crack pipe, the oxycontin, the vicodin, or the Remy, Ciroc, and Jack Black bottles.

The season for “love” is also filed with family drama. Married couples fight about where families will spend the holidays. Will the family celebrate with each other or with one set of in-laws? Will the children with different baby mamas and baby daddys love each other and get along or will they fuss and fight and hate each other? How many people will try to sleep with their married and attached coworkers at the Christmas party and blame their actions on the alcohol?

I usually spend Christmas and other holidays home alone. My children all live in different states than I do and I guess they know by now I’m not the best holiday guy.

In 2002, I spent Christmas and New Years in a rehabilitation hospital. Hospital staffers are probably still angry with me for my holiday actions. They wanted all of the patients to go home so workers could spend time with their families but I refused to leave the hospital.

I told my health care providers that I had no family in Florida and whenever I left the rehabilitation facility I would not come back as an in house patient. Out-patient, yes, but never as a patient that stays in the hospital.

After the second Tuesday in November, there are no more elections so there is no more work for political consultants and nobody hires media consultants in the last months of the year.

So, in the past, I might have been in a bad mood during the holiday season. Call me Black Scrooge!

But don’t be like me. Try your best to enjoy the holidays. Watch out for holiday pimps, prostitutes, boosters, shop lifters, hustlers, pick pockets and the running of the bull- like people trying to get in first at stores with holiday sales.

Parents love your children and children love your parents. Love God and love your neighbors! (Gantt’s book “Beast Too: Dead Man Writing” is the perfect holiday gift and is on sale wherever fine books are sold. Contact Lucius at


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