Idea List: Make Your Christmas Christ Centered


“Idea List: Make Your Christmas Christ Centered,” New Era, Dec. 1998, 33

Idea List:

Make Your Christmas Christ Centered

  • Make a “give list” instead of a list of gifts you’d like to receive.

  • Improve yourself in some way that would be pleasing to the Savior.

  • Make time for quiet reflection and choose uplifting holiday activities instead of marathon shopping.

  • Bear your testimony out loud, either at testimony meeting or to a friend or family member.

  • Read the Christmas story from the Bible (see Luke 2).

  • Repent prayerfully and fully of your sins before taking the sacrament. Think only about the Savior during the sacrament.

  • Write about what you’re doing to make the season meaningful, either in your journal or in a letter to yourself.

  • Watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional.

  • Team up with your family and be a “Secret Santa” for an individual or a family in your ward.

  • Read the December New Era.

  • If your ward or stake is having a Christmas social, invite a less-active member to go with you and your family.

  • Check out videos from your meetinghouse library about the life of the Savior.

  • Listen to beautiful Christmas music. Handel’s Messiah is a great choice.

  • Think of ways your family’s Christmas traditions reinforce your testimony. Focus on those aspects of your celebration.

  • Keep pictures of the Savior throughout his life around the house in places you will see them often.

  • If there are small children in your home or your neighborhood, organize a live Nativity. Invite friends and neighbors. Serve Christmas cookies and hot chocolate as refreshments.

Photography by Welden Andersen