President Thomas S. Monson: 'The spirit of the season'

President Thomas S. Monson said no other time of the year yields as many poignant memories as does Christmas.

"The Christmases we remember best generally have little to do with worldly goods, but a lot to do with families, with love and with compassion and caring," he declared in his address during the First Presidency Christmas Devotional Sunday evening, Dec. 6.

"This thought provides hope for those of us who fear that the simple meaning of the holiday is diluted by commercialism, or by opposition from those with differing religious views, or just by getting so caught up in the pressures of the season that we lose that special spirit we could otherwise experience.

"For many people, 'overdoing it' is especially common at this time of the year. We take on too much for the time and energy we have. Perhaps we don't have enough money to spend for those things we feel we must purchase. Often our efforts at Christmastime result in feeling stressed out, wrung out and worn out during a time when instead we should feel the simple joys of commemorating the birth of the Babe in Bethlehem."

He said that usually, however, the special spirit of the season somehow finds its way into people's hearts and lives despite the difficulties and distractions that occupy their time and energy.

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