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Forget taxes, deficits, debt - it’s time for a family movie or two

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By Jeffry Gardner

Nothing like Christmas to test our fragile American psyches.
While times remain hard for millions of us, stores have amped up the gift-giving hype because, well, they’ve been hit by hard times, too. What better way to make up for a hard year than by sending us the message that if we really, really care for someone...kaching! Guilt makes the sales soar, si?
This season’s not for amateurs. We wrap up more than gifts; we wrap up our year. We might stare at our Christmas tree and find big empty spaces. We might sit for our holiday dinner and find more empty spaces – loved ones away or maybe gone forever.
Like I said, it’s not for amateurs.
Still, I love this season. I love Christmas. I’m a Christian. That helps, but it’s not necessary. And I don’t mean to minimize my faith or the faith of more than a billion others, but Christmas offers, if we’ll accept it, something we each deserve – a respite; a time-out where we can quiet the chatter in our heads and hearts. So I’m offering this simple phrase to kids from one to 92: Check your troubles at the door and check out one of “My Ten Fave Holiday Flicks.”


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