Winter Blogfest: A Month of Festivities by Thianna Durston

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A Month of Festivities

It seems like we build up for eleven months of the year and then the last six weeks go by in a stressful, money-spending, whirl of activity. There are so many holidays from mid-November through January first, that everyone has something they are doing. Whether you light your menorah every night for the Festival of Lights, or mark your advent calendar waiting for Santa to arrive, or buy countless number of gifts in the celebration of a certain individual’s birthday, everyone seems to have something.

There’s even a holiday for those who don’t celebrate religious or other holidays. Festivus. While Festivus might have begun with the television show Seinfeld, it has expanded way beyond it. There are books, celebrations, and more than a small amount of amusement for anyone who celebrates it.

I wish that instead of focusing on the sales, malls, and eRetailers and getting the ‘perfect gift’ that we would instead just focus on being happy. On the outside, one would expect that a six-week span of time which is filled with celebratory events would be a great time of joy. It’s not. Instead, more people come down with depression during the holidays. Depression. Stress. Pain. Anger. And it all starts on Thanksgiving as people, instead of giving thanks, either pour over the Black Friday ads or go to companies that are actually open on that day. And Black Friday itself has become known for days where people will trample & kill others to get a sale price on something.

This year, I hope all of us can actually take time to sit back, feel peace, and enjoy ourselves. I offer you happy greetings for whatever holiday you celebrate.

Happy Christmas!
Happy Channukah!
Habari gani?
Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair!
Feliz día de Reyes!
Happy St. Lucia’s Day!
Festivus! For the rest of us!
Bah Humbug!

And to all, I wish you the most joyous of days. May you go to sleep with a smile on your face every night and wake up to a peaceful happy morning.

959BrentonStreet-6x9Trent Farnsworth moves to Falcon Pointe to get as far away from his controlling family and religion as he can. While his conservative upbringing makes it hard for Trent to admit he’s gay, he accidentally outs himself in front of his four new roommates. None of the men living at 959 Brenton Street are what the world would consider normal, but all four accept him for who he is. And when Trent falls for his much older landlord, Dr. Cory Venerin, he’s as surprised as anyone, but discovering Cory feels the same makes Trent realize he’s truly in the right place at the right time.

Until he tells his family he’s gay. His father uses any resource at his disposal to destroy him, including Trent’s love for Cory. As his father schemes to send Trent to a hospital whose sole purpose is to rip the gay out of him, Cory battles to save not only Trent—but also the possibility of a future together.

About the Author:Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?

She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.

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  1. Don’t forget Blessed Yule! I loved your post. We need to sit back and I love Festivus.
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  2. Great post, we forget to take time to sit back, relax and enjoy.

    • Thanks, jean 🙂 I kind of took the month off and spent maximum 30 minutes online from Dec 1-today (and plan on continuing it through Jan 1). It’s amazing the difference it’s made. Though I’m not sure if I could do it again LOL.

  3. The very first sentence of your post is why my mom called and end to Christmas presents about 25 years ago. She felt we lost track of what the holidays were about. Quite frankly, we were all relieved. If my siblings and I had ever had children, I’m sure we would have given them some gifts, but not make it crazy.

    Have a happy and safe New Year!

  4. kim amundsen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  5. interesting sounding book

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  6. Natasha Persaud says:

    Awesome post

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