EDITOR'S DESK: Count your blessings (instead of gifts)

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM.

My favorite Christmas movie is the 1954 musical "White Christmas," starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.

Oh, I'm old school!

You've probably heard some of the soundtrack's songs even if you haven't seen the film. Hearing the title track on a holiday playlist is no surprise, but "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)" is less likely to be shuffled with "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" during holiday parties.

Still, it's the one that grabs my heart.

Blessings — including our family, friends and health — are personal to us; sheep, and gifts, aren't.

We really could live without the latest smart phone or tablet — either of which will be obsolete in a few months — but we'd be lost without our loved ones.

So many people have encountered things we cannot begin to imagine. I was reminded of this on Friday while surfing channels for national news.­­

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