Spirit of Christmas, Spirit of Christ

Reading: “The Best Christmas Ever,” Thomas S. Monson, Ensign December 2008

I’m back!  We are moved in, we have an internet connection, and the house is starting to get settled.  I hope to be back to my semi-regular postings starting today.

The center of President Monson’s article was this quote from David O. McKay:

True happiness comes only by making others happy—the practical application of the Savior’s doctrine of losing one’s life to gain it. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service.

It is the spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ, obedience to which will bring ‘peace on earth,’ because it means—good will toward all men.

It seems that what he is saying is that to truly celebrate Christmas we should endeavor to become more like Christ.

In my life, sometimes I have a hard time remembering to focus on Christ in Christmas.  I get very busy with everything that needs to be done.  Presents to shop for and presents to make, as well as goodies and so on, fill up my time.

Today we are going shopping for a Christmas tree, and so it is the beginning of truly celebrating Christmas in our house.  Today I’m also going to talk to my husband and see if we can come up with a fun activity that encourages us to do kind things for other people to celebrate Christmas.

How do you celebrate Christ at Christmas?


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