Oh, There's Other Places Than Home for the Holidays

December 1, 2014 9:48 PM

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The holiday season and I have not been getting along in recent years. In fact, we've been on the outs since junior high. A week before Christmas, my mother had a major heart attack and underwent an emergency quadruple bypass when I was 12. Three years later she suffered another heart attack, followed by a stroke right before Thanksgiving.

In the years that followed, the holiday magic dwindled dramatically as my parents did the bare minimum of celebration. The real Douglas fur that was so large it needed to be cut so that it would fit in the doorway was replaced with a 4-foot artificial tree that sat on our coffee table. With other te...

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