Mormon Messages

The Christmas Spirit


At Christmastime, it is easy to get caught up in thoughts about new gifts, fancy decorations, and expensive parties. With your focus on Jesus Christ, the stress of the holiday season will melt away, leaving only the true joy of Christmas to lift and warm your heart.

“To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable and it becomes the Spirit of Christ,” Thomas S. Monson has taught.

That lesson is brought to life in this story of a young girl who reminds her preoccupied family what matters most this time of year and always.

What will you do to stay focused on Jesus Christ this Christmas?


    [MUSIC PLAYING: "JINGLE BELLS"] So the mortgage company called again.

    What did you tell them?

    I told them that you're still looking.

    Just can't afford it. I don't know what to do. Until we get some money, there's just not going to be any gifts.

    So Ruth said that if we don't--

    Hey. What color did you want?



    Well, I'm sure they're not going to foreclose just because we're two payments behind.

    I was looking in the checkbook, we've got, uh--

    No, I need this.


    It's gonna have to be way more simple this year.

    Since we can't get the snowboard and the phone--

    I know, that's my point. I'm just putting, I'm putting the cell phone down.

    Look, no. Just--

    Welcome back. We've just heard the classic song "Jingle Bells" sung by Carl White. And before that, "Deck the Halls." Speaking of decking your halls this season, get 25% Christmas decorations--


    Thank you.


    The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul. To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the spirit of Christ.