Day 9: Read a Christmas Message

On a more spiritual note, here are some great resources for Christmas stories, devotionals, and even a little family history.

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

Watch the 2010 First Presidency Christmas Devotional

To watch President Henry B. Eyring’s talk, click here.

To watch President Dieter F. Uchtdor’s talk, click here.

Or, read the talks from this year's devotional:

President Monson, "A Bright, Shining Star"
President Eyring, "The Gift of a Savior"
President Uchtdorf, "Seeing Christmas through New Eyes"

Or, read other Christmas messages from members of the First Presidency in recent years past. Here are some we like:

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.

Discussion: What is your favorite Christmas story?
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