The 2012 Ralphies go to…

Best Movie

The Dark Knight Rises

Best Album

Béla Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart
A co-worker introduced this album to me back in March. Some of the songs in this album make me feel like I’m at the Abyssinian again. And that brings a tear to my eye.

Best Song

Favorite Song by Tobymac featuring Jamie Grace
Just like the song suggests, I have to listen to this song over and over and over again. I can’t help it.

Best Book (Nonfiction)

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, SpyBonhoeffer: Pastor, Marytyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
Eye-opening. Inspiring. Heartbreaking. Life-changing.

Read it.

Best Book (Fiction)

I’ve probably read more fiction this year than in the previous ten years combined. Nothing really sticks out, except maybe the John Grisham novel that reads nothing like any of the other John Grisham novels I’ve ever read.
Skipping Christmas

Skipping Christmas wins this award, but there’s some controversy here. I probably would’ve chosen The Hunger Games if I hadn’t read the subsequent sequels. They are so dark and twisted that they soured the way I felt about the first book. It’s a dark enough premise on its own without things spiraling out of control in Catching Fire and MockingJay.

Best TV Show

I give up on this category. Every time I say one’s my favorite, it goes away. I really got into America’s Got Talent for the first time this year. But that was because we know someone who’s father in law was a finalist on this year’s show.

I’ll probably retire this category in 2013, unless something really grabs my attention.

Best Sports Moment

Super Bowl XLVI in IndianapolisSuper Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis!

I’m proud that my fair city was able to pull off such an amazing event without a hiccup. I don’t know if I ever really blogged about the day we visited Super Bowl Village, but you can check out the pictures here. It was definitely a highlight of our year.

Best Blog
Because of the nature of my job, I read a lot of stuff online. I read a lot of blogs. A. lot. of blogs. How to be a Dad sits at the front of the class. Charlie and Andy have made some tough weeks a little bit easier. They definitely deserve the Ralphie for this new category.


Congratulations to all the 2012 Ralphie winners! You’ve won a major award! You should be proud.

*What’s a Ralphie? Here’s a brief explanation. Why haven’t I changed it to something like The Matty or something like that? Because I’m a sucker for tradition. And the Ralphie pictures are just cooler. 

I’d like to know your favorites. If you were awarding Ralphies for 2012, who would you give this highly coveted Major Award to?


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Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

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