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Let us make Christmas a time of rejoicing and celebration, a time to share the marvelous truth that Almighty God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the world! May the joy of that knowledge be with each of us this Christmas season and throughout the coming year. Check out this family home evening lesson on Christmas! Scripture: Luke 2:10-11 Hymn: Joy to the World - Hymns #201 Lesson: The Real Joy of Christmas Treat: Pistachio Truffles & Nutella Rolls Activity: Family Nativity Play, Caroling View entire lesson...

The Spirit of Christmas

FHE Scripture

Scripture


Luke 2:10-11

“10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn


Joy to the World – Hymns #201

1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King!
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room,
And Saints and angels sing,
And Saints and angels sing,
And Saints, and Saints and angels sing.

2. Rejoice! Rejoice when Jesus reigns,
And Saints their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3. No more will sin and sorrow grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He’ll come and make the blessings flow
Far as the curse was found,
Far as the curse was found,
Far as, far as the curse was found.

4. Rejoice! Rejoice in the Most High,
While Israel spreads abroad
Like stars that glitter in the sky,
And ever worship God,
And ever worship God,
And ever, and ever worship God.

 

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* (Share this short message) The Spirit of CHRISTmas and discuss the inportance of having Christ as the centerpirce of Christmas celebrations.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It is a season when there are more smiles, cheerful greetings, and acts of thoughtful kindness, than are found through the rest of the entire year.

What is it that brings such love into our hearts, such joy into our lives? It is, of course, the spirit of Christmas. To understand the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ, who is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

The glorious news of His birth was announced by the angel to the humble shepherds on that first Christmas so long ago:

For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10–11.)

It is our hope that each of us this Christmas season will find the Spirit of Christ in our hearts and homes as we try to be more like the Savior—forgiving others as He forgives us, serving others with a glad heart, and keeping the commandments.

We bear witness that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that He is our Savior, our Redeemer, and our Friend, and that the true spirit of Christmas is centered in Jesus Christ.

With love, The First Presidency

 

 

*For The Whole Family* Read and share from The Real Joy of Christmas

Christmas is a glorious season of the year. It is also a busy time for most of us. It is my hope and prayer that we may not become so caught up in the pressures of the season that we place our emphasis on the wrong things and miss the simple joys of commemorating the birth of the Holy One of Bethlehem.

Finding the real joy of Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done. We find the real joy of Christmas when we make the Savior the focus of the season.

Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, He came forth from heaven to live on earth as mortal man and to establish the kingdom of God. His glorious gospel reshaped the thinking of the world. He lived for us, and He died for us. What can we, in return, give to Him?

 

I love the words penned by the English poet Christina Rossetti:

Our celebration of Christmas should be a reflection of the love and selflessness taught by the Savior. Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. We feel more kindly one to another. We reach out in love to help those less fortunate. Our hearts are softened. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ.
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What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb.
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part,
Yet what can I give Him?
Give my heart.

Said President David O. McKay: “True happiness comes only by making others happy—the practical application of the Savior’s doctrine of losing one’s life to gain it. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service.

“It is the spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ, obedience to which will bring ‘peace on earth,’ because it means—good will toward all men.”

May we give as the Savior gave. To give of oneself is a holy gift. We give as a remembrance of all the Savior has given. May we also give gifts that have eternal value, along with our gifts that eventually break or are forgotten. How much better the world would be if we all gave gifts of understanding and compassion, of service and friendship, of kindness and gentleness.

As the Christmas season envelops us with all its glory, may we, as did the Wise Men, seek a bright, particular star to guide us in our celebration of the Savior’s birth. May we all make the journey to Bethlehem in spirit, taking with us a tender, caring heart as our gift to the Savior.

My brothers and sisters, may one and all have a joy-filled Christmas. Such is my hope and my prayer, in the sacred name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.

 

FHE Treat

Treat


Pistachio Truffles & Nutella Rolls

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Truffles

IngredientsPistaTrouffles

  1. 2 cups Premium Dark Chocolate (top quality dark chocolate is a MUST)
  2. 1 package (8 oz.) Cream Cheese – near room temperature
  3. 1 cup roughly chopped pistachios

Instructions:

  1. Melt dark chocolate chips in a double boiler. Set aside to cool to almost room temperature
  2. Place cream cheese in mixer & beat until creamy
  3. Blend in melted chocolate.
  4. Transfer to airtight container & refrigerate until firm. (at least 2 hours)
  5. Shape in to balls, scooping with a melon baller works well.
  6. Roll in chopped pistachios to coat
  7. Return to baking sheet
  8. Refrigerate on lined baking sheet for at least 1 hour to firm up
  9. Store in a tightly covered container in refrigerator.

(From Kleinworth & Co. )


Nutella Mint Stuffed Cressent Rolls

IngredientsNutellaRolls

Guacamole/Goat Cheese Layer

  1. 1 can crescent rolls
  2. 8 Tbls nutella, plus more for topping
  3. 8 each andes mints, plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven according to the directions.
  2. Unroll half of the dough and put the other half back in the fridge for later.
  3. Roll out one at a time the crescents so they are flat. Spread one Tbls of the nutella onto the dough.
  4. Crush up the 8 pieces of andes mints, you can do this by chopping with a knife into small chunks. Layer about 1 mint worth of pieces on the bottom, longest part of the crescent roll and roll up like normal. Place on a sheet tray lined with foil or parchment paper.
  5. Continue rolling until all the crescents are stuffed. Cook as stated on back of package.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack when they are done cooking and just before serving drizzle more nutella on top and sprinkle more pieces of chopped andes mints.
  7. Enjoy!

(From This Silly Girls Life )

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1- Practice to put together a family nativity play, reading through Luke and acting out different scenes of the Savior’s birth.

2- Go caroling as a family, focusing on Songs about the savior

 

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.
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