{Holiday Cheer} by author, G. D. Grace

Much about the holiday season seems to have become ridiculously commercialized, but don’t get me wrong, I know there are plenty of people out there who really hold it as a special and sacred time of the year; a heartwarming experience to  engage in festive fall and winter gatherings, toasting the blessings of family and friends, while reflecting on another year that has passed.  From entertaining holiday specials on television to sparkly and alluring commercials advertising spectacular deals on automobiles and the latest must have electronics, the entire season is geared towards spending money and having elaborate end of year celebrations.

Halloween kicks off the extravagant celebratory rituals, followed  by Thanksgiving where tables are packed with comfort food and delightful deserts, and the day after Thanksgiving hikes everything up to a feverish pitch, setting off a shopping stampede where being trampled is not only a possibility but a reality.  The goal is to have everything in place and wrapped by Christmas Eve, so that on Christmas day the plump faces of wide-eyed children will be stretched to the limit with smiles of excitement.   For most of them, presents left by The Clause means that they have been less naughty and more nice, and they are rewarded with gifts they’ve asked for.   Yes, I was, at one time, one of those plump faced kiddies who found it hard to sleep the night before that blessed morning, and looking back on it all I must say, being a child during this time of year was, indeed, a magical time.

When I grew up and made 21, New Years eve became the magical time of year for me, because I was able to celebrate with the adults and countdown to the New Year, dressed in my holiday best, raising a glass of bubbly with a multitude of flush faced, tipsy, individuals, partying until long after the clock had struck 12AM.

Well, I’m older now and a little wiser.  The allure of the holidays I carry inside of me year round and I have chosen to appreciate everybody I love throughout the year, so the magic for me is something I experience without all of the hype surrounding this time of the year.  I’m no where near a Scrooge, but I am very close to a realist, because I know, waiting for a special time to appreciate the birth of Christ and to feel all warm and fuzzy about those I love might be missed if I wait for a certain moment to do so.

So, the cheer I feel is 365 days a year, and though I might be bucking tradition, I’ll live with that as long as I get the chance to say I Love You Lord, Friends, and Family as much as I can.

Happy Holidays,



Producer & Author G. D. Grace


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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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