I love this season.
Here in US we have snow, nativities, family. In other places this is summer season, and it's worth to celebrate anyway we can, especially with our families and be grateful for Jesus Christ.
This season is not about gifts and Santa, but giving and Christ.
Keeping Christ in Christmas means daily revealing the character, love and spirit of Christ that dwells in you, by allowing these traits to shine through your actions.
Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian who survived extreme brutality in a German concentration camp after rescuing many Jews from certain death during the Nazi Holocaust, was later able to say, "Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you."
Forgiveness is one of the gifts we can give this season. Sacrifice, or just spend some time with our Savior daily.
In our family we like to read the Christmas story in Luke 1-5-56 through 2:1-20. And read books with inspirational tales or watch movies that bring the spirit of this season.
A Nativity scene is also the central spot of our home, where we gather together every night to read scriptures as a family.
If it will be on the 25 days before Christmas, or the make of the 12 days of Christmas, or any kind of tradition you may have this season, keep Christ in Christmas.
This year, I rushed to publish a Christmas tale that I wrote years ago. It's a short book to read in a few minutes that will help you understand why family traditions are important, how they can bring families together, and how Jesus Christ is present in every aspect of our lives, even if we don't notice right away. If you want to know more about my book, it's called The Love Chest - The Miracle of a Christmas Tradition. You can see the video on my fanpage and buy the book clicking on this image from the front cover.
I'm a Christian, and I do my best to keep Christ in every day, through my actions and thoughts towards others and myself. I'm not perfect but I'm always improving.
In this season, I do an extra effort to not give in to commerce. Christ was born in a manger.
Also the respect for my friends and family that celebrate Hanukkah from 8-16 or any other kind of celebration this time of the year. Do not let be all about commerce, as have happened in recent years. Put some meaning on it.
The most important is keep peace to the world as Christ did everyday of His life.
Wherever you are, whatever religion or beliefs you embrace, I also invite you to come to Salt Lake City, in the state of Utah in the United States, to experience the Temple Square Christmas lights.
More information about the events you can click here.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas, with Christ as the center of all our reasons to celebrate. That you may enjoy every single moment with family and friends, and praise our Lord and Savior as He blesses us with all He has done for us.
"The Spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul. To catch the real meaning of the Spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable and becomes the Spirit of Christ." - Thomas S. Monson
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!