Messages from Leaders

  • “10 Days of Christmas” (December 2019 Liahona and Friend)
    Help your family get ready for Christmas! Starting on December 15, do one of these activities together each day and color a star.
  • “Can We See The Christ?” (December 2011 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches that the glitter of the Christmas season should not prevent us from remembering the Savior’s life. Includes a simple activity to look up scriptures and match them to pictures.
  • “The Christmas Cane” (December 2010 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares his feelings about participating in a Christmas pageant when he was a child.
  • “Christmas Is about Christ” (December 2013 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches that we should remember Christ and bring gifts to Him. Includes a couple simple activities.
  • “Christmas Peace” (December 2017 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring shares some thoughts on how Christ is the Prince of Peace. Includes an activity about Handel’s Messiah.
  • The Christmas Pony” (December 2014 Friend)
    Although young President Monson didn't win a pony, he had a good Christmas after all when he donated his money to those in need. Includes a coloring page and activity ideas.
  • “The Christmas Tree” (December 2011 Liahona and Friend)
    Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf shares a story about a special Christmas from her childhood. Includes a Christmas ornament craft.
  • “Following Christ at Christmas” (December 2012 Friend)
    Stories from the lives of the latter-day prophets about following Christ at Christmas.
  • “Getting Ready for Christmas” (December 2012 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf says we can prepare for Christmas by setting aside time to think of Jesus Christ. Includes instructions to make an advent wreath from a paper plate.
  • How can I feel close to Jesus?” (December 2015 Friend)
    Elder D. Todd Christofferson tells us to take time to relax and feel peaceful during the holidays.
  • “The Light of the World” (December 2019 Liahona and Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring talks about the lights that symbolized the birth of Jesus Christ. Includes an activity.
  • “Making Room for Christmas” (December 2015 Friend)
    Caitlyn’s family makes some changes to their calendar after Caitlyn notices they are so busy during December she doesn’t have time to really think about Christmas.
  • “The Reason for the Wonder” (December 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    The First Presidency reminds children that when they remember the birth of Jesus, the Christmas season becomes truly special.
  • “The Savior is Born” (December 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    The First Presidency shares the story of Christ’s birth and encourages us to keep His commandments.
  • “Singing with Angels” (December 2015 Friend)
    President Henry B. Eyring talks about singing Christmas carols with his family. Includes an activity about the life of Jesus Christ.
  • “Why is it so important to spend time with our Families?” (December 2013 Friend)
    A message from President Boyd K. Packer with snowy illustrations.


  • “The Christmas Coins” (December 2019 Friend)
    Janelle gives the jar of coins she was saving to get her mom a Christmas present to some carolers who are collecting money for sick children. 
  • Coloring Page: “I bring you good tidings of great joy.” (December 2018 Liahona and Friend)
  • “Waiting for Christmas” (December 2018 Friend)
    It’s Christmas Eve and Jacob is so excited to open his presents, but he is also reminded that Jesus is the reason for Christmas.
  • “Christmas Word Play” (December 2018 Friend)
    Includes a star-themed word search and a Christmas song unscramble. 
  • “Carl’s Christmas Gift” (December 2018 Liahona and Friend)
    Carl does all the chores on the farm early on Christmas so his family can enjoy the morning together. 
  • “A Christmas Play” (December 2018 Friend)
    Put on this Christmas play with your Primary, family, or friends to share ideas of what people can give for Christmas.
  • “Searching for Baby Jesus” (December 2019 Friend)
    Two children learn that Jesus is always with us after they can’t find the Jesus figure for their nativity set. 
  • “The Secret Santa” (December 2018 Friend)
    Someone is leaving secret gifts outside Tasha door every day and she decides to say thank you by passing kindness on to others.
  • “A Green-Bean Christmas” (December 2018 Friend)
    Peter remembers the true meaning of Christmas as he and his family spend Christmas evening serving dinner to at the homeless shelter.
  • “Christmas by Candlelight” (December 2018 Friend)
    Ellie remembers the true meaning of Christmas after her family reads the story of Christ’s birth by candlelight after their power goes out. 
  • A Bit of Christmas Every Day” (December 2014 Liahona and Friend)
    Amalie decides to give gifts to Jesus to prepare for Christmas.
  • “Christmas Around the World” (December 1971 Friend)
    Learn about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries.
  • “Christmas at the Hospital” (December 2012 Friend)
    Stacy spends several months at the hospital after a car accident, and she returns there after she is released so she can bring Christmas to the other children there.
  • “The Christmas Basket” (December 2009 Friend)
    A family prepares a gift basket for another family. After Christmas they learn how perfect some of the gifts were.
  • “Christmas Eve Drop-Off” (December 2010 Friend)
    Melissa tells her parents she wants to give her Christmas gifts to a girl from school and her family decides to drop off a tree, food, and gifts on Christmas Eve.
  • “The Christmas Eve Guest” (December 2017 Liahona and Friend)
    Shannon thinks her family’s Christmas Eve traditions will be ruined when her dad invites a neighbor, but it ends up being a wonderful night.
  • Christmas Eve with the Córdobas” (December 2015 Liahona and Friend)
    A family with little to spare shares all that they can with a family in even greater need.
  • “A Christmas Gift for Jesus” (December 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    A colorful page depicting ideas of what a child could give Christ during Christmas.
  • “The Christmas-List Surprise” (December 2017 Friend)
    Samantha D., age 12, shares how she learned one Christmas that the best Christmas list includes giving to others.
  • “A Christmas Prayer Answered” (December 2012 Liahona and Friend)
    Peggy’s family has no food for Christmas dinner, but her family’s prayers are answered when generous neighbors bring them a feast.
  • “The Christmas Story from the Book of Mormon” (December 1986 Liahona and December 1985 Friend)
    A script for telling the story of Jesus’s birth from the account in the Book of Mormon.
  • “The Christmas Surprise” (December 2013 Friend)
    There weren’t many coins in our Christmas jar—how would we help a family in need?
  • “A Christmas Visitor” (December 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    A family shares their Christmas with a sister in their ward.
  • “Cookies, Cans, and Christmas” (December 2016 Friend)
    MacCrae M., age 11, shares a story about his grandmother helping a homeless man and how it’s inspired him to show love to others.
  • The Cup-for-a-Can Cocoa Stand” (December 2014 Friend)
    A boy runs a cocoa stand to collect cans of food for a neighborhood food drive.
  • “A Different Christmas” (December 2016 Liahona and Friend)
    Diego is sad about Christmas after his parents get divorced because he won’t be with his mom for Christmas, but then he decides to make it a happy one by helping his family do service.
  • “A Different Kind of Christmas Tree” (December 2011 Liahona and Friend)
    A story for young children about a family who focuses on Christ while decorating their Christmas tree. Includes a spot-the-difference activity and a Nativity coloring page.
  • Double the Service, Double the Fun” (December 2015 Friend)
    Sam and Caleb visit a seniors’ home to spread Christmas cheer.
  • Finding Jesus at Christmas” (December 2015 Friend)
    Luke’s family plays the hot-and-cold game and talks about staying close to Christ during the holidays.
  • “The First Christmas Gift” (December 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    A story for young children about a boy remembering the true meaning of Christmas. Also includes a finding activity.
  • “The Getting Tree” (December 2016 Friend)
    Tyler thinks the giving tree tags are to get gifts, but when he learns it’s for people in need, he earns money so he can buy a gift for another boy.
  • “The Gift” (December 2012 Friend)
    Even though Sophia’s family is quarantined and cannot purchase gifts for Christmas, she knows there will always be the special gift of the Savior.
  • “A Gift for Jesus” (December 2009 Friend)
    A story for young children about a girl who learns about giving gifts to Christ.
  • “Gloves for a Shepherd” (December 2013 Friend)
    A girl talks about sharing her gloves with a boy who was cold.
  • “A Helping Angel” (December 2013 Friend)
    Molly learns to forget herself and help others.
  • I’m Minna from Sweden” (December 2014 Liahona and Friend)
    Minna and her family invite neighbors, friends, and family to their house for a “sing-in” each December.
  • “Jesus Is Born” (December 2013 Liahona and Friend)
    A retelling of the story of Christ’s birth for small children.
  • “Jesus Is Born” (December 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    An overview of the Nativity story, including historical facts.
  • “Jesus Is Born” (December 2009 Friend)
    Rebus story about the birth of Jesus.
  • “Jesus Loves You” (December 2013 Friend)
    What will Grace see at the temple visitors’ center?
  • “Jesus Was Born” (December 2019 Liahona and Friend)
    A retelling for young children about the birth of Jesus and of Simeon and Anna meeting Him.
  • “Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem” (December 2017 Liahona and Friend)
    A retelling for young children about the birth of Jesus.
  • “Joel’s Family Christmas Tree” (December 2016 Friend)
    A story for young children about decorating a family Christmas tree. Includes a craft to create a Christmas ornament.
  • “Kenny’s Christmas” (December 2005 Friend)
    A boy shares one of his own Christmas gifts with his neighbor Kenny, who received no toys for Christmas.
  • “The Light of the World” (December 2012 Liahona and Friend )
    Erin struggles to feel excited for Christmas after a classmate’s death, but a Nativity program reminds her that we can all live again because Christ was born.
  • “The Lights of Christmas” (December 2011 Friend)
    Jackson feels good after his family helps the neighbors put up their Christmas lights.
  • The Little Red Chairs” (December 2014 Friend)
    Helen’s family makes a generous Christmas trade with a family in need.
  • Look Inside!” (December 2014 Liahona and Friend)
    A child gives her teacher a Book of Mormon for Christmas.
  • Making Room for Christmas” (December 2015 Friend)
    Caitlyn and her family decide to keep their holidays less busy this year.
  • “Matt and Mandy” (December 2019 Friend)
    Mandy and her friend put on a Nativity pageant for Christmas.
  • Matt and Mandy” (December 2015 Friend)
    The Cooper family reads in Luke 2.
  • Mistletoe Hunt” (December 2014 Friend)
    Dave and his dad collect mistletoe to sell for money to buy Christmas presents.
  • “Mom’s Christmas Surprise” (December 2012 Friend)
    Lindi and her brother, Ryan, save up their money so they can buy their mom a Nativity set she really wants.
  • “My Gift to Jesus” (December 2012 Liahona and Friend)
    A girl decides to be nice to her sister to show Jesus that she loves Him.
  • The Nativity Story” (December 2015 Liahona and Friend)
    An illustrated retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • “Nephi, Son of Nephi” (December 1971 Friend)
    A retelling of what happened in the Book of Mormon when Jesus was born.
  • “The New Adventures of Matt & Mandy” (December 2013 Friend)
    Matt and Mandy ask their parents to spend Christmas money on friends in need instead of buying them lots of gifts.
  • “No Room in the Inn” (December 2017 Friend)
    Eliza and her family go from hotel to hotel trying to find a place to stay, but they all seem to be full. Eliza says a prayer that they will find a place to sleep.
  • “The Open House” (December 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    Alison focuses on the true meaning of Christmas when her ward holds an open house instead of a ward Christmas party.
  • “The Red Paper Bird” (December 2019 Liahona and Friend)
    Eve is sad because she is sick and has to miss her school Christmas party. Her teacher sends a craft home for her to do with her brother and sister. 
  • “The Secret Giver” (December 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    David learns to give at Christmas when his family decides to give gifts in secret to families in need.
  • “Sharing Christmas” (December 2011 Friend)
    Sarah is happy after she gives away her stuffed animal to a little girl at a children’s home.
  • “A Sister’s Gift” (December 2017 Friend)
    In 1908, Emilie’s family didn’t have money for Christmas presents, so she gave her younger sister a special gift.
  • “Skyler’s Nativity” (December 2017 Friend)
    A story for young children about Sklyer helping with a Nativity play. Includes a simple counting activity.
  • “Straw for the Manger” (December 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    A boy enjoys adding a piece of straw to the manger each time he does a good deed during the Christmas season.
  • “A Temple Square Christmas” (December 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    Liza and Hiram visit Temple Square to see lights and nativity scenes. Includes some interesting facts about Temple Square at Christmastime.
  • “A Tree for Travis” (December 2016 Friend)
    Jacqueline finds and decorates a small Christmas tree to give to her friend who lives in a small trailer.
  • “Waiting for Jesus” (December 2013 Liahona and Friend)
    Katie can’t find the baby Jesus for the Nativity, but then learns that she has to wait for Him to come.
  • “Warming Up to the Lindsays” (December 2013 Friend)
    Karen learns how to love her neighbors when they visit for Christmas.
  • “When Jesus Was a Child” (December 2013 Friend)
    A photo story depicting two children exploring the movie set where the Bible Videos were filmed.
  • “You Can’t Wrap a Horse!” (December 2016 Friend)
    A story for young children about a family who discusses gifts that you can’t wrap.


FHE Ideas

  • Family Fun Time: Gifts” (December 2014 Friend)
    Activity idea and a recipe to go with the story “Christmas Eve with the Córdobas."
  • Family Fun Time: Service” (December 2014 Friend)
    Activity ideas and a recipe to go with the story “The Cup-for-a-Can Cocoa Stand.”
  • Family Home Evening Idea: Christmas in the Americas
    Read “Christmas in the Americas” (December 2004 Friend) and plan to perform it. You may want to involve extended family, neighbors, or ward members as well. Afterwards, serve your favorite Christmas treat.
  • Family Home Evening Idea: Giving to Others at Christmas
    Instead of writing a list of what you want this Christmas, write a list of meaningful gifts you could give. Then read “The Last Present” (December 2007 Friend). Instead of being disappointed by gifts you might not receive, you could choose to be like Jake this Christmas and look for ways to make someone else’s holiday special. Even if you don’t have money, you can find ways to sacrifice and show others that you love them. Can you think of someone lonely who might appreciate a nice letter? Make him or her a Stained Glass Window Card and some Surprise Snowballs (December 2007 Friend). Choose the best gift-giving ideas on your list and follow through with them in the coming weeks.
  • Family Home Evening Idea: Joy in Christ’s Birth
    Have everyone draw pictures of things they love about Christmas. Why does the Christmas season seem to make people feel so happy? Read the First Presidency’s Christmas message, “The Savior Is Born” (December 2007 Liahona and Friend). Why does this message bring the greatest joy of all? How can our knowledge of Jesus Christ’s birth help us feel peaceful all year, even when we may face challenges?
  • Family Home Evening Idea: Welcome, Jesus
    Read the poem “Welcome, Jesus” (December 2005 Friend). We can welcome the Savior into our lives by following His example. Have each family member write down ways they have tried to be like Jesus or things they will do to become more like Him. Place the papers in a gift bag and display it where everyone will be reminded to “welcome Jesus” this season.
  • We Remember and Worship Our Savior, Jesus Christ” (December 2014 Liahona and Friend)
    A lesson about the birth of Christ and an activity about giving gifts of love.


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