I love Christmas. I love that we spend time together as a family. I love to see the little children’s faces on Christmas morning. However, it is not the gifts, the trees, the decorations, or the food that make this a season so full of wonder, and such a magical time of year.
It is when we remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that the Christmas season becomes truly special. I love my Savior and all he has done for me. Christmas is a special time when we can celebrate his birth. He has done so much for all of us. This is our opportunity to give back to him by giving to others.
As we strive to remember our Savior, our desire to live like Him will grow. It is no coincidence that Christmas is the time of the year when people are the most loving, the most giving, the most kind, and the most grateful.
We can follow Christ’s example this season and do our best to live as He did, I hope we can find ways to lift up those around us. To celebrate our Savior’s birth by being followers of Christ in word and deed.
I challenge each of you to think of Christ each day. Find a service to do for someone in need. There are many who need our help. There are those who need a smile, and those who need our time spent just visiting with them, there are those who need help with small household tasks. Let us find someone who we can serve this Christmas. Let us enjoy that service as we rejoice in the Saviors birth and how He lived his life. The more we serve someone the more love we feel for them.
Some of our favorite Christmas traditions include giving the 12 days of Christmas to a neighbor. To do this we selected gifts or treats and delivered them to a neighbor without them knowing it was us giving the gift.
Another tradition is having our children make their gifts for their siblings. This was fun to help them see how they could use their talents to give to others. There were lots of talents shared, from art work, and sewing to wood working gifts. This taught our children about giving of themselves and not just to buy a gift. It took time and effort to give this gift and they improved their talents in the process.
Another fun tradition is we give an ornament for each person in the family each Christmas eve representing something they accomplished that year. This is fun to celebrate the accomplishments of our children and grandchildren. We have found some beautiful ornaments to share. We sometimes make the ornaments and that make them extra special. This encourages us to always grow and learn new things, to be active and do something worthwhile. The ornaments pictured are a small sampling. The barn was made to represent the real barn my husband built. The Christ was for my son’s baptism. The other one was made by my daughter for my granddaughter when she first learned how to make breakfast.
This year we participated in a neighbors tradition. They gather friends and family together around a campfire and sing Christmas carols. It was enjoyable and brought the spirit of Christmas to all who were there.
Our most important tradition is getting together as a family on Christmas Eve and watching the grandchildren reenact the story of Christs birth as we read it in the scriptures. It brings the spirit of Christ into our home and we feel his love for us.