Fort Polk Guardian 12-21-2018

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Jarrett Thomas II Garrison commander Kim Reischling Information strategies officer Chuck Cannon Editor Jean Dubiel Angie Thorne Staff writers Editorial Offices Building 4919, Magnolia Street Fort Polk, LA 71459-5060 Voice (337) 531-4033 Fax (337) 531-1401 Email: Trading post ads: Fort Polk Homepage Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, "What is your favorite Christmas movie?" Here are their responses: Brenna Wood: "The Santa Clause." I love all three movies." Guardian Dec. 21, 2018 Kallie Diorio: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." FORT POLK, La. —As we ap- proach Christmas day, there will be ample opportunities to watch, read or listen to your favorite seasonal stories, movies and music. What fol- lows are a list of some traditional options for making your holiday bright. Stories • The Night Before Christmas . One of the oldest and most popular Christmas poems ever, the story was originally titled “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and written by Clement Clarke Moore. The sto- ry has stood the test of time and remains an inte- gral part of Christmas around the world. • A Cajun Night Before Christmas . For Fort Polk residents who don’t call South Louisiana home, this is a must. Told by a Cajun gentleman named “Trosclair,” and written by J.B. King Jr., A Cajun Night Before Christmas tells the story of St. Nick’s arrival in the Cajun vernacular and will have readers rolling with laugh- ter. • The birth of Jesus, Luke 2 . This Biblical passage tells the story of the birth of Jesus. This passage is a sta- ple of most religious Christmas pro- grams. • The Gift of the Magi . Written by O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi relates the story of a young married couple that give up their most prized pos- sessions to buy their spouse a Christ- mas present. The story will have those who are softhearted shedding a few tears. Movies • It’s a Wonderful Life . Jimmy Stewart portrays a young man with lofty goals who meets roadblocks at every turn. Without giving too much of the plot away, he considers sui- cide, but thanks to Clarence, his guardian angel, he’s given the chance to see what the world would have been like if he had never been born. Another tear- jerker. • Miracle on 34th Street . Susan Walker (played perfectly by a young Natalie Wood) is a precocious youngster who does not believe in Santa Claus. However, after a gentle- man named Kris Kringle is hired by Macy’s Department Store to portray Santa, she soon learns that perhaps there really is a Santa Claus. • A Christmas Story. While the two previous movies were filmed in the 1940s, A Christmas Story wasn’t pro- duced until 1983 and tells the story of a boy who “only” wants a Red Ry- der BB Gun for Christmas. The tale will have your sides splitting with laughter. • A Christmas Carol . Probably the best known Christmas story of all time is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol . Ebenezer Scrooge is a miser- able miser who doesn’t believe in the Christmas spirit. He is visited in his dreams one night by three ghosts: The spirits of Christmas Past, Pres- ent and Yet to Come. After their visit, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler person. The story has been made into film many times with the most popular version starring George C. Scott (of Patton fame) as Scrooge. Music • Jingle Bells . Sirius Radio reports Jingle Bells was voted as the song most sung by families in cars when traveling during the holidays. • Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer . Reluctantly record- ed by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer became his biggest seller. • Little Drummer Boy . One of the most endearing Christmas carols is the Little Drummer Boy . The song was written by Katherine Davis in 1941 and tells the story of a poor young boy who, after being sum- moned by the Magi to the birth of Je- sus, plays his drum for the newborn because he has no other gift. The song says, “I played my best for him” and “He smiled at me.” • Silent Night . Silent Night was written in 1818 to be played in St. Nikola Church in Oberndorf, Aus- tria, by Franz Gruber to words by Joseph Mohr. The church’s organ was broken, so Gruber wrote the song to be accompanied by a guitar. Today, no religious Christmas pag- eant is complete without playing or singing Silent Night . There are many other stories, movies and musical choices for the holidays, but it you’re looking for something to read, cue up on the TV and listen while driving to family or friends during the holidays, these choices should fill the bill. Merry Christmas. Music, stories, films highlight holiday season Commentary Cannon Monica Cole: "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch. I just watched it. I love it." Tracy Stracener: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," with Jim Carrey." By CHUCK CANNON Guardian editor For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) - Email: