SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Wishing all a wonderful Christmas

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM.

It’s early for a Christmas column, but with the holiday less than a week away and Wednesday being my usual column day, today seems the best time to spread Christmas tidings.

I love Christmas and all the day stands for on the holiday’s faith and secular sides.

My family has always treated Christmas as a celebration of the Christ child’s birth. ‘The Night Before Christmas’ was never read at our Christmas Eve gathering, but we do read the Gospel of Luke’s account of Christ’s birth before opening family members’ gifts.

Even now, at age 54, the little boy in me sometimes wants to rush through the sacred story and get to the gifts. But it’s always special to slow down and remember the night on which Christ was born that changed history.

In sports, coaches are always looking for the so-called impact player, and in my humble opinion, Jesus Christ remains history’s greatest impact player of all time.

The Christmas season is about hope and giving, so with that in mind, I’d like to offer some gifts for area teams and coaches.

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