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Keeping Christ in Christmas

December 23, 2014

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

While the world puts emphasis on getting big presents, finding the best shopping deals, and being the brightest house on the street, we know that isn’t what Christmas is really about. It is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift we’ve ever and will ever receive. Celebrating His life and following His loving example is how we can bring the Christmas spirit into our homes, workplaces, and wherever else we spend the holiday season.

President Thomas S. Monson summed it up perfectly when he said, “To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas we need only drop the last syllable and it becomes the spirit of Christ." In adulthood, Christmas can become about selfishness and competition. Let us look to children, with their big hearts and desire to love. They can remind us that the best gifts are not found in stockings or under Christmas trees on Christmas morning; they are found in the smiles and thanks of those we lift year round as Jesus would.

No family Christmas tradition is better than reading about the birth of our Savior. It’s a story for all ages because everyone needs a reminder of the greatest gift, given on that special day. No matter what our circumstances might be during the holidays, or any time during the year, we can know that we are blessed because we were given the love and the light of Christ in our lives. That is a priceless gift that is always available. In John 12:46, Christ tells us, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”

By remembering Jesus, we add to the magical Christmas spirit everyone loves so much. Presents, decorations, and Christmas goodies aren’t the real reason for the season; Jesus Christ should be at the center of everything we do. To help fill the air with the magic of Christmas, listen to Christmas music everywhere you go. Our radio stream plays commercial-free songs, from the Christmas classics to the modern-day favorites. Sing along and fully enjoy the happiest time of the year.