Christmas Messages Archive

7 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

7 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

Every year Christmas is becoming more secularized and commercialized. For many people, though, Christmas is still a deeply religious holiday in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church) count themselves among that group. While Mormons certainly put up the Christmas tree, decorate cookies, and hang stockings by the fireplace, they also make a point of centering their celebrations around the birth of the Christ-child. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

Christmas: A Celebration for the Believers

Christmas: A Celebration for the Believers

What were those days like before Christ came to the earth? What would it have been like to live then? Today we have the Bible, which gives us an account of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. We can choose to believe in words already written. In one sitting we can read the prophecies of a savior and see them fulfilled. We’re on the other end of this story. But what would it have been like to live in the beginning? For centuries before Christ’s birth prophets prophesied of a redeemer, God promised to send a Messiah. For generations and generations the people of the world heard promises and had to hold fast to them. These people didn’t have any proof that Christ would actually come, no due date to mark on the calendar, no app to count down to His arrival–they believed because that’s all they had. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church)... Read the rest of this entry »

What Christmas Means to Me

What Christmas Means to Me

I have always loved Christmas.  When I was a child I loved to decorate the tree with my mom, bake cookies for Santa, and to wake up to all the gifts on Christmas morning!  Now that I am an adult, Christmas has changed to mean something more. Growing up in a family active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my parents always made sure we understood that as fun as it was to celebrate the idea of Santa Claus and give gifts, what we were really remembering was the birth of our Savior.  A tradition of our families was to recite the “symbols of the season.” The star on top of the tree was to represent that Christ is the shining hope of all mankind, the light of the world.  The evergreen tree is a symbol of life.  Just as the trees never lose their green color, Christ also will never lose His life through His resurrection and consequent triumph over death.  The companion color to green during the Christmas season is red.  Red is a... Read the rest of this entry »

The Spirit of Christmas Lights the World

The Spirit of Christmas Lights the World

What does Christmas mean to you? Presents? Lights? Giving? Spending time with family? Eating yummy food? All of these things are wonderful and good. I love them all. But more than that I love the source of it all, our Savior Jesus Christ. His birth was indeed “beautifully simple and simply beautiful” (Russell M. Nelson, “Prepare for the Blessings of Temple,” Ensign, Oct. 2009). Because of His humble, yet majestic birth, we have reason to celebrate. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) I have loved learning about the Savior’s birth, the true reason we celebrate Christmas, from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The teaching I love learning most about, concerning His physical birth, is that when He was born He brought with Him light. We know that in the land of Judea a star came for all to see, that the babe in Bethlehem, the Savior of the world, came to be. And... Read the rest of this entry »

The Wise Men Sought Jesus

The Wise Men Sought Jesus

A group of men the Bible refers to as Wise Men are an important part of the Christmas tradition. We know very little about them—who they are or where they came from. There are traditions, but no facts. What we do know is that at the appointed time, they knew of the birth of the Savior and began a very long journey to find Him. Despite common nativity scene portrayals, the Wise Men were not at the manger in the stable. It took them a year or two to arrive and the Bible mentions they found him in a child. It also refers to Jesus as a child, not a baby. They arrived first, however, in Jerusalem, where they asked where Jesus could now be found. Herod was not pleased to discover they were looking for a king of the Jews and he gathered his staff around him. He wanted to know where this king was born and learned the child had been born in Jerusalem. His staff told him the prophecies concerning this child. Herod then asked the Wise Men to go to Bethlehem and... Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Jesus and Santa

Celebrating Jesus and Santa

Tiffany Sowby is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths as the “Mormon Church”) and mother of five. She tries to find humor, joy and contentment in the little things life has to offer. How do members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) celebrate Christmas? Is it all about Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve night and what presents have been purchased for loved ones? Or is Christmas about remembering the birth of Jesus Christ? Growing up as a child in England, Religious studies were a part of the daily school curriculum. I spent many Decembers working on art projects and essays depicting what most in the Christian world refers to as ‘The First Christmas’. I specifically recall making a time-line of events with pictures beginning with Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth to Baby Jesus laying in a manger. I remember my third grade class painting... Read the rest of this entry »

The True Spirit of Christmas

The True Spirit of Christmas

S. Michael Wilcox is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (“Mormon Church”). He is the author of To See His Face and Choosing the Fulness: Wickedness or Righteousness. Spirit of Christmas as a Child When I was a little boy, people told me that the true spirit of Christmas was the spirit of giving; but I didn’t believe them. I knew that the true spirit of Christmas was getting. I could hardly wait until Christmas morning when my mother would stand at the door to the living room that separated me from a wonder of toys. She would peek through and tell me Santa had been here and express her surprise that he had given me so much. Then I was obliged to eat breakfast, make my bed, brush my teeth, and get dressed. The anxiety and anticipation this caused is impossible to describe. By the time I attacked the neatly wrapped packages and saw the delights they contained, I was filled with a joy and relief I have not found... Read the rest of this entry »

Reflections on the Christmas Story Part II: The Birth of Jesus Christ

Reflections on the Christmas Story Part II: The Birth of Jesus Christ

Gerald N. Lund is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (“Mormon Church”). He is the author of The Coming of the Lord, as well as several adventure novels, among them The Alliance, The Freedom Factor. The Christmas Story: Birth of Jesus Christ And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. . . . And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, unto Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. (Luke 2:1, 3-5.) Bethlehem. The city of David. Ancient homeland of Israel’s greatest king. In Hebrew it is called Beth Lechem. Literally, Beth Lechem means “The House of Bread.” How perfect that He who was to take the throne of David... Read the rest of this entry »

Reflections On The Christmas Story Part I

Reflections On The Christmas Story Part I

Gerald N. Lund is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (“Mormon Church”). He is the author of The Coming of the Lord, as well as several adventure novels, among them The Alliance, The Freedom Factor. The Christmas Story Began in Nazareth “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth.” (Luke 1:26.) The rabbis of ancient Israel had a saying: “Judea is wheat, Galilee straw, beyond Jordan, only chaff.” The urbane and worldly wise Jerusalemite, privileged to dwell in the Holy City, looked down on all others with faint condescension; but they especially viewed the Galileans as crude, unlearned, and earthy peasants. For the most part the people of Galilee were men of the soil and of the sea. This kept them in touch with basic values; and in spite of the feelings of the Judeans, they were known for being hard-working and warm-hearted, and for showing... Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Story: A Mormon Christmas Eve

Christmas Story: A Mormon Christmas Eve

Leonard J. Arrington is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormon Church”). He has published widely throughout his distinguished career. He is the author (or coauthor) of, among others: Mothers of the Prophets, Presidents of the Church,From Quaker to Latter-day Saint, Building the City of God, Brigham Young: American Moses, The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints, and Great Basin Kingdom. Christmas Story: On The Farm Picture an isolated, two-room, wooden frame home on a windy prairie in southern Idaho. Coyotes howl in the distance. Despite wintry weather, the sky is clear and the stars are brilliant. There is a faint trace in the sky of an aurora borealis, or what is commonly referred to as “northern lights.” One can hear horses in a nearby corral breathing heavily and occasional sounds of late-night munching from two milk cows. Add to the picture a family, with a father and mother... Read the rest of this entry »