By Kyle/ Photo Credit: Mormon.org/christmas
Christmastime is upon us. It’s a time to be with family, give to others and, most important of all, celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. It’s such a beautiful time of year. Wherever you look, visit, explore, the holiday season brings a feeling like no other. If you think about it, the world seems to be most united at this time. From just before Thanksgiving to January, all people really seem to want to do is give and spend time with people that make them happy, to spread holiday cheer or to simply share happiness. Today, you don’t even have to be religious at all to celebrate Christmas. The simple traditions of the Christmas tree, presents, and stockings hung alongside cookies for good old Santa Claus are often practiced without any thought to the real reason for the holiday.
In the commotion of holiday traditions, family gatherings, shopping, and traveling, we can easily neglect the meaning of Christmas, the real reason we celebrate. Even though the reason why we celebrate this historic event is in the name CHRISTmas, we seem to overlook it, or put a big old X in it its place to make it X-mas.
How can we forget the brother that gave everything for us? The one that gave us the greatest gift of all? Yes, we celebrate that event with Easter, the time in April where we all have fun with candy and bunnies, but Christmas is so related to Easter that without one we disgrace not only the other holiday but the Savior himself.
On the special night of His birth, when His loving earthly mother and father were stuck in a simple barn in a hillside, next to an inn that was too full to take them, the gentle Mary gave birth to a baby son, foretold by the Angel Gabriel, and named him Jesus Christ. During this most holy and sacred event the whole earth gasped in awe. A new star was shown just above the heads of this earthly family, guiding the wise men to the place of their new king. An angel guided the Savior’s first visitors to the place where he lay. The shepherds left all they had to make their way to our Lord. In the Americas the world experienced a day and a night and a day without darkness. Even when the sun that provided light had descended below the horizon the world still showed in the glory of the light.
Christmas is such a beautiful time to remember the birth of Christ, Heavenly Father’s only begotten son coming down to the Earth to walk among us, to perform the miracles He did, to teach us of our Father’s commandments, to bring us the sacrament by which we can always remember Him, to remember the great sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane, to remember His crucifixion on the cross, and the resurrection three days later.
Heavenly Father gave the first Christmas present – His Son. Christmas, at its heart, is about just one thing – the birth of Christ. And with it the birth of new times, revelation, and peace. Because of His birth we were given the greatest gift of all, our brother, Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ. So let us this holiday season, always remember our most sacred gift, the one we received before any of us were born. Let us help give this gift to those who don’t have it, or who have seem to have misplaced or lost hold of it. Let’s spread the gift to everyone we meet, so that all may feel the warmth of the light that has been brought to us. And most importantly, let us put this great gift to use. Let us remember Him.
Jesus Christ is our Christ and he was sent here to provide eternal salvation to all mankind. Heavenly Father sent him here because He so loves us that he would give His only begotten Son to be sacrificed for our sins, to pay our eternal price for our misdoings. I know Christmas is a special time where the spirit works strongly within the hearts of men, inspiring charity work to be done more freely and often. Let’s keep this season a welcoming place for the spirit, so that we may all feel the warmth of His light and to never forget our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let’s keep Christ in Christmas.
I invite you to share the ways you keep Christ in Christmas by posting a picture of yourself with a sign printed from one of the links below. Post your picture in the comments section.