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The True Meaning of Christmas

Remembering the Birth of Jesus Christ

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Mary Joseph and Baby Jesus

Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus

Rachel Bruner
I believe that the true meaning of Christmas is to remember and celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ. I also believe that the true meaning of Christmas may be felt and expressed in many ways, such as spending the holiday season with family and friends, enjoying old and new traditions, and giving selfless service to those in need. Read more about each of these including a personal story from my childhood.

The True Meaning of Christmas: Birth of Jesus Christ

Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ- which is a priceless gift. The true meaning of Christmas is to know who Jesus Christ is and remember all that He has done for us.

President Thomas S. Monson, prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the following beautiful words about the true meaning of Christmas:
"With the birth of the babe in Bethlehem, there emerged a great endowment—a power stronger than weapons, a wealth more lasting than the coins of Caesar. This child was to become the King of kings and Lord of lords, the promised Messiah—Jesus Christ, the Son of God."1
Do you know that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe that Jesus lived a perfect life, died for us, and then lived again? Do you know that Jesus is the Savior of the World? If you are unsure then Christmas is the perfect time to learn these truths for yourself.

The True Meaning of Christmas: Joy with Family

Spending the holiday season with loving friends and family is an enjoyable part of celebrating Christmas. Enjoying old traditions or creating new ones is a special part of Christmas, which I believe when done with love and kindness, is also part of the true meaning of Christmas.

What Christmas traditions do you have? Maybe you have a special Christmas Eve Tradition. Among the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we have several common LDS Christmas traditions that are enjoyed by members worldwide.

The True Meaning of Christmas: Selfless Giving

I also believe that the true meaning of Christmas is to give of oneself but to do so with a grateful heart and not begrudgingly.

When I was a young girl we didn't own a fake Christmas tree but would purchase a real Christmas tree each year. I loved the smell of fresh pine and remember the joy of seeing the Christmas tree brightly lit with Christmas lights. My siblings and I loved to lie under the Christmas tree after it was decorated and look through the branches and stare at the lights and ornaments.

One year our family didn't have much money for Christmas and it didn't look like we would be able to afford a Christmas tree. I don't remember being worried about it but I do remember hearing a knock at our home one evening. When we opened the door no one was there, just a gift- a lone Christmas tree.

I never knew who gave us that Christmas tree. I don't know if they knew of our need or simply followed a prompting to give us a Christmas tree but over 25 years later I still remember the joy of opening our door and finding that Christmas tree. I remember my feelings from receiving that small act of kindness, a simple gift of love, and I believe it represents the true meaning of Christmas: selfless giving.

President Monson said:
"As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. We shall learn to forget ourselves. We shall turn our thoughts to the greater benefit of others."1
I love Christmas, especially celebrating the true meaning of Christmas by remembering the birth and life of my Savior Jesus Christ, spending quality time with family and friends, and giving of myself to others through acts of service and kindness.

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Notes:
1. "In Search of the Christmas Spirit," Ensign, December 1987.
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