“When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the Spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ Spirit. It will block out all the distractions around us which can diminish Christmas and swallow up its true meaning.
“There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ.
“Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year. It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.
“Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.
“Because He came, we know how to reach out to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be.
“Because He came, death has lost its sting, the grave its victory. We will live again because He came.
“Because He came and paid for our sins, we have the opportunity to gain eternal life.” (President Thomas S. Monson, 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional)
The Christmas season is a time to reflect and act upon the blessings and opportunities we have because of the birth, life, Atonement, and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As our Heavenly Father “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16), we express our love toward one another and toward God and His precious Son by giving of ourselves.
Use the resources below to enrich your Christmas celebrations and help you to focus on the Savior this season.
“Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” jesuschrist.lds.org
First Presidency’s Christmas Devotionals, broadcasts.lds.org
“Christmas Peace in the Midst of War,” Ensign, December 2016
“Tumbleweeds and Christmas Stars,” Ensign, December 2016
“Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh,” New Era, December 2016
“Gifts You Can’t Wrap,” Ensign or Liahona, December 2012
“Thoughtful Gifts,” Ensign or Liahona, December 2011
“This Shall Be a Sign unto You,“ Ensign or Liahona, December 2011
“Christmas,” Lesson Helps for Teaching Children
“A Gift to the World”
“He Is the Gift”
“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” (Music Video)
“An Angel Foretells Christ’s Birth to Mary”
“Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem”
“Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Christ”
“The Wise Men Seek Jesus”