Favorite Christmas Things

A Few of My Favorite (Christmas) Things

By Ken K. Gourdin

Candidly, this season is difficult for me: the nights get longer and colder and the days get shorter, aggravating a seasonal affective component for me. (I often joke that I need to live six months out of the year in The Land of the Midnight Sun and the other six months in a spot near the equator.) I walk with a pair of forearm crutches, which is sometimes a challenge even in the best weather—let alone amidst winter’s cold, snow, and ice: I feel as though my mobility instantly is reduced with the first snowfall, not to be restored until a thaw comes six months hence! ;-D (Things could be worse: I could live in The Great White North). All of this having been said, I do try to look for the good wherever I can find it, however difficult that may be, and there are things about this time of year—challenges notwithstanding—that I love. Here, in no particular order, are just a few:

  1. Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life
  2. Mr. Krueger’s Christmas
  3. Michael McLean’s The Forgotten Carols (especially “Homeless,” “I Was Not His Father,” and and “Handel’s Dream”)
  4. Christmas Lights
  5. Christmas Carols
  6. Finding a gift that surprises someone who’s hard to shop for
  7. The annual Christmas party of my Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward (congregation)
  8. The annual Christmas program of my Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward (congregation)
  9. Pumpkin pie
  10. The birth, life, Atonement, and matchless example of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
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About kenngo1969

Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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