Across My Desk with
Brenda Durant

Written By: Brenda Durant
December 2023

I love December. In about a week I turn into a 10-year-old. I love being home, surrounded by our crazy Christmas Decorations. I love Christmas music. I love the smell of gingerbread cooking. My oldest child, in all her wisdom, tells me no one eats gingerbread cookies, but, they smell so right this month.


Augusta is going all out for the Holidays. Lots of concerts- take one in. Personally I love sacred Heart’s A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This year December 5th. It sets me up for a spiritual season, not based on shopping, wrapping or keeping up with the neighbors.


Another great performance is Creative Impressions Behold the Star on December 16. I noted the dates of the Gertrude Herbert student Pottery Sale 12/2/4/6 check website for times.


I Love to give tickets for gifts- consider an early experience. The Imperial is featuring The Augusta Players performance of White Christmas, Southern Soul and Song Ricky Skaggs – Kentucky Thunder Christmas and John Berry for his annual Christmas visit to Augusta. Across the Street the Miller Theatre is hosting Remembering Luther Vandross Every Year, Every Christmas as well as the Augusta Symphony Sounds of the Season and, An evening with C.S. Lewis. I am very excited about this show. My book club just agreed to read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by Lewis followed by the novel Once upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan – this is a novel based on a young college student in 1950 talking to Lewis to determine how he invented Narnia. I am happy to have a December filled with C.S. Lewis!

Brenda's table decorated for the holidays.

I spent last Tuesday with my 5 year old grandson. He is a riot. Very competitive. We decorated Ugly Sweater Cookies. He told me numerous times that I was not doing well, mine was UGLY, and I was not good at decorating the cookies. I explained that was the point, I pointed to the word UGLY on the box. Then I realized I was not 5. Relax B. We will be doing more crafts this month, I need to turn off my competitive side! Lean in.


I wish you all the tidings of the season. Support local artists and local Art Organizations. Memberships make great gifts. Bricks make a lovely present. The Augusta Players are fundraising for a new home a Building on Ellis- you can purchase a memorial brick to help the cause. Nice!


Happy December-