Each year we, as Latter-day Saints, are able to listen to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional the first Sunday in December. Great inspirational messages and music to lift one’s spirit and to help set the tone of Christ’s birth. It is so easy to think of the rush of purchasing Christmas gifts and making it to the next Christmas potluck that we forget, not intentionally, the true meaning of Christmas.
During a Christmas Devotional (watch here), President Monson reminded us of 3 books he reads each December to help him keep the spirit alive in his heart. The 3 books he mentioned was The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Luke 2. All these books are available online to read for FREE. You can use Google Books or Project Gutenberg (which includes ePub & Kindle versions) for the first two choices and LDS.org for Luke 2. Follow the links below to start reading:
- The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke (Google Books | Project Gutenberg)
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Google Books | Gutenberg: print, audio)
- Luke 2
I hope that all of you will make the time to read these great classics to help set the tone for this Christmas season. We all need to remember why we celebrate Christmas. As President Uchtdorf made reference to another children’s classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, I quote from:
And the Grinch, his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without out tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a bit more!”
“And what happened then…?”
Well…in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart
Grew three sizes that day!
May we all have our hearts grow this Christmas season and share the spirit of giving to others. Merry Christmas!