Guthrie talks spirituality on holidays

Guthrie talks spirituality on holidays

Even before he was a big leaguer, Jeremy Guthrie had his life in perspective. Guthrie, who spent time during college to serve a Mormon mission, recently took a brief timeout to discuss the holiday season, a subject that's close to his heart. What does the holiday season mean to you in a nutshell?

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Guthrie: For me, it's a celebration of Christ and his birthday. It's a time to be grateful for what we have, and most importantly, grateful for his sacrifice. It's a time to reflect on that and hopefully to spend time with family and friends. You're a spiritual guy year-round. Is this time of year even more special?

Guthrie: I think it's certainly heightened during this season, and not just here. I think it's heightened all over the world. It's a great season, and that's why it's called "the most wonderful time of the year." Whether your belief is super-strong or moderate, everyone pauses to reflect on their spirituality. And for Christians, that means what Jesus did for us. Do you have any favorite holiday memories that you can share?

Guthrie: Nothing specific. I think some of my favorite memories of Christmas come from when I was in Spain on a Mormon mission, and they do a really nice job of commemorating Jesus and remembering his birth. Most cities have live nativities with live sheep and goats right in the middle of the city. It's a really neat time.

They have a lot of lights and it's really festive. It's really focused on what Christmas is all about, so those are some of my fondest memories -- the two years that I spent in Spain during Christmas. What about favorite Christmas traditions? Favorite movies or songs?

Guthrie: I'd say "Home Alone" is my favorite Christmas movie. My wife enjoys the music and I enjoy the movie. Between those two things, we enjoy the season pretty good. And has the season changed since you became a father?

Guthrie: Yeah, now I have to watch "Home Alone" 20 times instead of just once.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.