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Holiday Weekend Idea: Christmas Fun and Christmas Spirit

by | Dec. 14, 2012

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Here are some great resources for family ideas, Christmas stories, devotionals, and even a little family history.

Family Fun

Bake your Christmas cookie plates this weekend! Get some great recipes.

When you're done, take them to friends' houses and sing some carols as you drop them off.

Come home and drink some hot chocolate together, and watch some Christmas movies or a Christmas message. If you don't have a lot of time, consider watching some Christmas Mormon Messages, like the following video "The Coat," about a story from Heber J. Grant's childhood:

You could also watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional, if you haven't yet:


Read one of the following messages during your down time this week; they're especially good for a Sunday.

Missionary Christmas Stories

Missionaries, like the wisemen of old, travel afar bearing gifts. And they find that when they’re miles away from friends and family at Christmas, they grow closer to Heavenly Father and catch a glimpse of their celestial home. 

The Church magazines asked readers to share with them their own experiences with Christmas in the mission field, and responses came in from all over the world. Christmas traditions, situations, and climates were different, but the overwhelming spirit of the Savior’s love was the same.

To read the missionaries’ Christmas stories, click here.


Christmas Devotional Messages

If you don't have time to watch this year's Christmas devotional, you can watch it in part by visiting LDS.org. Or, you can read other Christmas messages from members of the First Presidency in recent years past. Here are some we like:

President Monson, "A Bright, Shining Star"
President Eyring, "The Gift of a Savior"
President Uchtdorf, "Seeing Christmas through New Eyes"
President Thomas S. Monson, "Christmas Gifts, Christmas Blessings"
Presdent Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Wondrous and True Story of Christmas"
President Gordon B. Hinckley, "To Do Good Always"
President Henry B. Eyring, "Home for Christmas"
President James E. Faust, "A Christmas with No Presents"

A Christmas Carol 101

Put together your own reading of A Christmas Carol. You can print out a radio play version of A Christmas Carol and read it with your friends and family here.

Make a traditional feast as seen in A Christmas Carol!

Non-alcoholic plum pudding recipe  
Roast Goose recipe 
Wassail recipe 


Write Your Own Christmas Stories

Have an activity where you write down some of your family's favorite Christmas stories--you can even submit them to magazines for publication or save them for competitions, like the Deseret News annual "Christmas I Remember Best" competition. Or just type them up, print them out, bind them at your local copy shop, and give copies to your family for Christmas.

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