Christmas Is about Christ

“Christmas Is about Christ,” Friend, Dec. 2013, 2–3

From the First Presidency

Christmas Is about Christ

Adapted from the December 2011 First Presidency Christmas devotional address.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Friend Magazine, 2013/12 Dec

What a wonderful, joyous time of the year! Christmas is about Christ. Of course, we do not need a Christmas holiday or Christmas traditions to remember Jesus Christ, our Savior. But the celebrations of Christmas can help remind us of Him. It is usually something small—we read a verse of scripture; we hear a sacred carol and really listen to its words; or we watch people doing sincere acts of love.

Christmas reminds us that we, like the Wise Men of old, should seek Christ and lay before Him the most precious of gifts. We should offer Him our love. We should promise to remember Him always, to emulate His example, and to go about doing good.

What are the Savior’s gifts to those who are willing to bring these gifts to Him? Immortality, forgiveness, and eternal life—the greatest gift of all.

He also promises to be with us, to come to us when we need comfort, to mourn and rejoice with us.

Dear friends, may we always remember to bring gifts to Him who has given His all for us. May we always remember and be grateful that in the birth of that Child, the universe rejoiced. And may each Christmas season remind us to lift up our voices and fill our hearts with joy and gratitude that Christ the King has come! Christ lives! He is real. He is our Redeemer at Christmas and always.

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