by Mike Pyatt
Christmas 2017, is on the books. The National Retailers Association bragged about a record Christmas, both in brick and mortar, and online sales. Economic optimism and President Trump’s turbo charged economy appear to be the drivers behind that report. Consumer Reports said millions are still hamstrung with credit card debt from Christmas of 2016, and they spent 3% more this year. Myths about Christmas persist. Scoffer, naysayer, and scrooge carped after discovering another lump of coal in their stocking. Prince, president or royalty gain no greater joy than paupers. Some have cast unwarranted blame at the Christmas season and attendant festivities for a spike in suicide. According to Psychology Today, the suicide rate peaks in the springtime, not wintertime. Certainly not at Christmas. To the contrary, most people with suicidal thoughts find some degree of insulation from such perverted thoughts by the proximity of their family, relatives or friends at Christmas time, and the prospect, of “things getting better from here on.” A legitimate springboard for hope.