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The True Meaning of Christmas: A Mormon Perspective

By Mormon.org
Women playing chess at Christmastime

The commercial chaos of Christmas seems to get bigger and bigger each year, enticing shoppers to buy more at unbeatable prices. More shopping and more materialism become synonymous with December if we get caught up in the craziness. 

The true meaning of Christmas is not found in the chaos. As President Thomas S. Monson shared, “To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ” (“The Real Joy of Christmas,” 2013 Christmas Devotional). The true meaning of Christmas centers on the birth of Jesus Christ and the matchless gift to all mankind.

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“I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.” —Thomas Jefferson

As Christians, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strive at all times to follow Jesus Christ. We talk about Jesus Christ, we rejoice in Jesus Christ, we teach others of Jesus Christ, and we try to follow Jesus Christ because we want others to know that He is the source of true happiness and peace (see 2 Nephi 25:26). Especially at Christmastime, we try to reflect our love for Him by the Christian acts of service we render to others.

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Jesus Christ is the source of true joy during Christmastime and always. We can feel the Spirit of Christ by following two suggestions.

Keep Things Simple

More is not always better. Full calendars and excess gifts often lead to emotional and financial stress that detract from the true meaning of Christmas. Often the most meaningful Christmas memories come in quiet moments with loved ones, reading a Christmas story or sharing a cup of hot chocolate after singing Christmas carols. 

Focus on Love

The Savior always taught love and service to others. Look around and notice those in need; they are everywhere. Share a plate of cookies with a lonely neighbor. Visit a grandparent and express love. Spend time with children. Be a little more patient in the grocery store or carpool line. Smile and listen. With every act of love, the Spirit of Christ shines brightly, illuminating the true meaning of Christmas.

Jesus Christ is the true meaning of Christmas. By looking to Him, we can overcome selfishness, reduce stress, and embrace the true reason for the season.

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