lucius_gantt_1.jpgThis 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 goodwill towards all. 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 daddies love one another and get along or will they fuss and fight and hate one another? 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 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 Year’s Day 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.

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 a in-house patient – out-patient, yes, but never as a patient who stayed 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.

Lucius Gantt, a political consultant based in Tallahassee, is author of the book Beast Too: Dead Man Writing which is available at You can like The Gantt Report page on Facebook and contact Gantt at