In a season known for giving and getting, President Thomas S. Monson and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir remind us of the true gifts and meaning of Christmas.
What shall we give to the babe in the manger, what shall we offer the child in the stall? Incense and spices and gold we've a-plenty, are these the gifts for the king of us all?
Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Friends are remembered and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates picture window of the soul. And we took out upon the world's busy life, and become more interested in people than in things. To test the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable and it becomes the spirit of Christ.
What shall we give to the boy in the temple, what shall we offer the man by the sea? Palms at his feet and hosannas uprisings, are these for Him who will carry the tree?
Then came that night of nights when the shepherds were abiding in the fields and the angel of the Lord appeared to them announcing the birth the Savior. You with me recall the words from Isaiah. "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Emmanuel, meaning God with us."
What shall we give to the lamb who was offered, rising the third day and shedding His love? Tears for his mercy we'll weep at the manger, bathing the infant come down from above.
Times change, years speed by, but Christmas continues sacred. Our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless. There are hearts to gladden, there are kind words to say, there are gifts to be given, there are deeds to be done, there are souls to be saved. If we are to have the very best Christmas ever, we must reach out for the Carpenter's hand. With every step we take in His footsteps, we abandon a doubt and gain a truth. It was said of Jesus that He increased in wisdom, and stature, and in favor with God and man. Do we have the determination to do likewise?