Sunday Idea: Study a Christmas Message
This Sunday during your down time, consider bringing the spirituality of the day together with Christmas by reading and studying a Christmas message.
Here are some great resources for Christmas stories, devotionals, and even a little family history.
If you haven't been following along with advent lessons for each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas, take some time to study them now (click here and scroll to the bottom of the article). The topics include hope, love, joy, and peace.
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.
Watch the 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional again (or for the first time, if you haven't seen it yet).
(Click here to read a synopsis of their talks.)
Or, 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
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.
Your turn: What is your favorite Christmas story?