This is not a post, but a request. After you read these few words, go to Suldog's and read The Gift. This is not only my favorite essay of his, but also one of my favorite Christmas stories ever. I have read it many times and each time I like it more. If you haven't read it, you need to. If you have, read it again and find something of the joy of Christmas.
In a way, this link is a bit futile since, by my calculations, it is eight times more likely that you were directed here by Suldog than that I will direct you to him. Even so, I have an advantage over many of you, in that for seven years Jim and I worked together. I can truly say that the Jim you have met on the pages of Suldog is the real Jim. If you were to share a coffee break with him, his stories would sound the same.
I see his comments all over. He always seems to have the time to encourage a fellow blogger, myself included. He is a wonderful person and a good friend. He doesn't care for awards too much, but I think he'll accept these few words. Now go read a wonderful Christmas story and remember something of the magic of Christmas past.