Finding the Christmas Spirit

Chrismas wreathAt this time of year, we’re all trying to feel that special ZING that means Christmas is here. More than anything, we have to stop and think and feel before the Christmas spirit comes into our hearts.

The greatest manifestation of God’s love for His children is the mortal ministry, atoning sacrifice, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. –Elder David A Bednar

This Christmas, in order to feel the Christmas Spirit

serve others. Spend more time thinking about what to give to others than what to ask for. At the beginning of December, share treats with neighbors. Take some to someone who doesn’t usually get a visit.

share your testimony of Jesus Christ.  Ponder the nativity story, read inspiring Christmas stories, and sing Christmas songs. Do this with your children. Included them in baking treats, visiting others, and attending church. We watched the Grinch movie–it has a great message about experiencing a change of heart. That message is Christmas-y because the only way men are able to change and become better is through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

sing those special songs that talk about Jesus. The ones you don’t hear on the radio as often. When you feel the Holy Spirit, you feel the Christmas Spirit. I felt it when singing with the choir.  I felt it when singing in the congregation. I felt it when singing at home, and when reading about love and service in Christmas stories. I felt it when reading my scriptures. I felt it when other people have served me or shared their testimonies of Christ.

I wonder that our Father in Heaven would send his most Beloved Son into the world in poor, almost miserable circumstances. I feel like it was a message of love from Father and Son that we are never forgotten, no matter how humble our own lives are.

This Christmas, if you feel the Christmas Spirit, share the Gift.

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