“He whose birth we commemorate this season is more than the symbol of a holiday. He is the Son of God, the Creator of the earth, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, the fulfillment of the Law of Moses, the Redeemer of mankind the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace….
“’And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
“’For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
“’That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.’ (D&C 76:22-24)
“This is our testimony to all mankind. It is our gift and blessing to the world. He is our joy and our salvation, and we will find Christmas of greater meaning in our own lives as we share these truths with others.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley, “What Shall I Do Then with Jesus Which is Called Christ”, Ensign, December 1983. 5)
“Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wisemen.”
–Robert Lewis Stevenson
The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.
–Henry David Thoreau
I’ve got about 10 different posts I would love to share with you this holiday season. Unfortunately, they are all still just written in my head. Time with my family and other projects are at a higher priority than blogging right now, so you’ll probably have to rely on my Pinterest boards to see the fun ideas we have been trying this year. But here is quick idea I had to share: Ice Cream Cone Trees
Sugar ice cream cones
Frosting (tinted green)
Assorted candy: we used red and green M&Ms, mini marshmallows, and crushed candy canes. For the star on top we used a Reese’s Pieces.
The directions are simple: Spread the frosting on the cone, decorate with candy, and voila–instant Christmas tree! This activity was a hit with the entire family, from the 20 month old to the 31 year old.This little cutie did a lot more eating then decorating!This would make a great addition to a gingerbread house. I’ve been a little intimidated by the effort involved to make a gingerbread house and have yet to attempt that activity, but the trees were a great alternative for our family. You can visit this blog for fabulous patterns and tutorials if you are in the mood to make a gingerbread house.
Prior to doing this activity we had a Family Home Evening Lesson on the symbols of Christmas, provided by A Year of FHE. All around a great family activity!
“The spirit of giving gifts has been present in the mind of each Christian as he or she commemorates the Christmas season. Our Heavenly Father gave to us His Son, Jesus Christ. That precious Son gave to us His life, the Atonement, and victory over the grave.
“What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps. It was said of Him that He “went about doing good.” As we do likewise, the Christmas spirit will be ours.”
President Thomas S. Monson “What is Christmas?” Ensign, December 1998, 5
“We all enjoy given and receiving presents. But there is a difference between presents and gifts. The true gifts may be part of ourselves – giving of the riches of the heart and mind – and therefore more enduring and of far greater worth than presents bought at the store.”
President James E. Faust (A Christmas with No Presents”, Ensign, December 2001, p.4)
“This is a glorious time of the year, simple in origin, deep in meaning, beautiful in tradition and custom, rich in memories, and charitable in spirit. It has an attraction to which our hearts are readily drawn. This joyful season brings to each of us a measure of happiness that corresponds to the degree in which we have turned our mind, feelings, and actions to the spirit of Christmas.”
President Thomas S. Monson, “What is Christmas?”, Ensign, December 1998, 2.
“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.”
Thomas S. Monson, “A Bright Shining Star”. 2010 Christmas Devotional.
December is a wonderful time of year. Our Christmas tree is up, and we have excitedly started our countdown. We are continuing our traditional December readings: reading scriptures about the life of Christ (with help from the Friend magazine) and unwrapping a book to read a Christmas story before bed each night. You can read more about these traditions here.
This week I discovered a unit study on the Names of Christ, shared by Chocolate on my Cranium. The unit contains a short scriptural reading assignment focusing on a different name of Christ for each day in December. This is just the daily study help I need right now to make sure my focus stays on the Savior this month.
Would anyone else to like to read along with me? I would love to hear what you are reading!
From my family to yours, wishing you much joy this holiday season!