Christmas Craziness

Dear Sisters,

A few weeks ago I was sitting in an airport watching a major news program. These were two of the top stories: WalMart Worker Trampled to Death by Deal-Crazed Black Friday Shoppers & Two People Dead In ‘Toys “R” Us’ Shooting. These two headlines shook my core.  I had spent three weeks preparing for a Relief Society lesson that suddenly needed to change because of what I was hearing over the PA system at the airport.

What has Christmas come to? Shopping? Deals? Low prices? Black Friday? Cyber Monday? The coolest toys, the hottest fashions? And cars  – suddenly it’s the most exciting thing to give someone a car for Christmas. One day all the toys and latest fashions won’t be so hip anymore, and they will be forgotten or replaced by next years gifts.

Have we forgotten about the gifts of eternal value? Things we maybe cannot touch, but we can feel; happiness, tolerance, forgiveness, peace, love, friendship, service.

President Monson sums up exactly how I feel Christmas should really be first before toys and worldly things. His message perfectly illustrates how important it is to keep Christ at the center of our Christmas celebrations, and how we can give gifts of eternal value.

It’s been very difficult for me to get into the ‘worldly’ Christmas spirit this year, but it has been easy for me to focus on what is most important, which is Christ and the gift he gave us of his example, his life, his death and his love.

I wonder, what does Christmas mean,
With its stars and shiny balls?
Is Christmas more than Christmas trees
And toys and games and dolls?
Of this I’m sure: There’s something more,
For I’ve heard many say
That in a strange and far-off land,
A child was born this day.
And Christmas is to celebrate
His coming from above.
He showed us how we all should live
And told us we should love.
In Search of the Christmas Spirit“, President Monson

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