Sunday High Five — Jan. 5

New years brings new things and something new I plan to bring in 2014 is the Sunday High Five. Everyone likes a high five, right?

Each week I’ll toss out the five things I thank God for from the past seven days. They can be from any area of life — sports and food will likely be heavy here for me, sorry I’m not sorry — and suggestions are always welcome.

So, here’s your Sunday High Five.

5. Pumpkin spice stuff. — Coffee creamer, ice cream, cakes, and I even saw pumpkin spice bagels this year. It might be the best flavor of things ever and in a matter of weeks it will be gone until next October. Sure it’s kind of a seasonal achievement award I’m handing out here, but it’s earned it.

4. Mid-week holidays. — Because having Wednesday off is basically a week with two weekends. Why aren’t we doing more of this? Who developed this model of 5 working days and two non-working days anyway? Bad people, that’s who.

3. Christmas socks. — New socks are Heaven for your feet. For whatever reason the washing machine sucks the love out of them during the first wash, or something like that. When you’re a kid, getting socks for Christmas is kind of a buzz kill, but as you get older you see the beauty that is having a new pair of socks to wear each day during the week that follows.

2. Andrew Luck’s coming out party. — There are two types of people who didn’t thoroughly enjoy Saturday’s NFL Wildcard game between the Colts and Chiefs — Chiefs fans and people who hate America. Seriously, just watch this play and tell me it’s not amazing.

That’s the play they will replay years from now when we’re talking about all time great quarterbacks. Luck led the Colts to a 45-44 win after being down 28 points, but that one play sums up everything you need to know about this guy. Nice to see a guy with a Wolverine-esque beard get nasty in a spot when so many other pretty boy QBs would simply fall on the ball.

1. Children singing Christmas carols. — Keep your Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, and Mariah Carey. I’ll take little kids singing “Away in a Manger” every day of the week. Christmas never sounds more magically than when vocalized by the most innocent of us. The only exception might be Run- D.M.C.’s “Christmas in Hollis,” but if we could somehow add this to the children’s Christmas program, I’ll give it up as well. Your welcome youth ministers.

–@TravisKWilliams

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About travman44

I work as a reporter for a newspaper in southwest Virginia. I play as a writer specializing in deep thoughts on shallow, and occasionally not so shallow, subjects. I'm also a former history teacher, bible college alum, and lover of the NBA and kids' breakfast cereals. It's a delicate blend. -- @TravisKWilliams on Twitter
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