Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Christ in Christmas


Christmas time is a magical celebration where people are trying to be more charitable, and it is fun to witness. People go out of their way to care for those in need, give gifts to those they love, and try to be more like Jesus. I have been a recipient of receiving anonymous gifts for my family while being in graduate school and I am grateful for it. I believe that they are blessed for their charity. One day I will be able to do the same to other families that have a tight budget. Recently us geeks shared our favorite Christmas traditions. I would like to share another tradition we do on Christmas Eve.


We celebrate Jesus’ birth on Christmas, but He more than a baby born in a manger. I loved Elder Gary E. Stevenson talk in April 2023 “The Greatest Easter Story Ever Told” he quoted a “New Testament scholar N. T. Wright suggested: ‘Take Christmas away, and in biblical terms you lose two chapters at the front of Matthew and Luke, nothing else. Take Easter away, and you don’t have a New Testament; you don’t have a Christianity.’” So, on Christmas Eve we have a Passover dinner to remind us of Christ’s loving sacrifice. 


We sit on the ground with blankets spread around the floor in dim light and we eat plain foods that could have been in a Passover meal. “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ” – 2 Nephi 25:26

After the meal is over, we all take turns reading Luke 2 because this is what this holiday represents, his birth. This is not my family tradition, but my in-laws and I like it and will continue this tradition in the future. 

Image: Nancy Lee Moran

I am grateful that our Savior was born and that we can learn about his teachings. I believe in Jesus Christ. I know that he cares for each of us and wants to help us return to live with our Heavenly Father again. As we pray and read His words we can learn of His love.  

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