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12/24/08 10:00 AM EST

Guthrie talks spirituality on holidays

Righty shares memories of time in Spain on Mormon mission

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.

MLB.com: What does the holiday season mean to you in a nutshell?

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ARI: Conor Jackson
ATL: Blaine Boyer
BAL: Jeremy Guthrie
BOS: M. Delcarmen
CHC: Kevin Gregg
CWS: John Danks
CIN: Jay Bruce
CLE: Ryan Garko
COL: Clint Barmes
DET: Nate Robertson
FLA: Josh Johnson
HOU: Chris Sampson
KC: Trey Hillman
LAA: Ron Roenicke
LAD: Andre Ethier
MIL: Seth McClung
MIN: Joe Nathan
NYM: Mike Pelfrey
NYY: Brian Bruney
OAK: J. Duchscherer
PHI: Jimmy Rollins
PIT: Frank Coonelly
SD: Chase Headley
SF: Sergio Romo
SEA: Don Wakamatsu
STL: John Roney
TB: Grant Balfour
TEX: Ian Kinsler
TOR: Rod Barajas
WAS: Steven Shell

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.

MLB.com: 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.

MLB.com: 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.

MLB.com: 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.

MLB.com: 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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.