The twinkling lights, the scent of pine, and the festive decorations all signal the approach of the Christmas season. However, amidst the hustle and bustle, it’s crucial for Latter-day Saints to pause and consider how they can prepare spiritually for Christmas, making Jesus Christ the central focus of this joyous celebration. Here are practical ideas to help you create a spiritually enriching Christmas season.
1. The Nativity Story
Prayerfully consider ways to incorporate the Nativity story into your scripture study. In addition to acting out the story on Christmas Eve, try to incorporate the story, and related media, into your daily study as an individual or family. Reflect on the significance of each verse and discuss the lessons it imparts.
2. Christ-Centered Christmas Décor
Embrace decorations that symbolize the Savior’s birth. Consider displaying a nativity scene and depictions of Christ throughout your home during the Christmas season. Try starting a tradition were you add a new piece to your nativity, gift a new photo of Christ, or make crafts together that help point to the Savior.
3. Family Service Project
Engage in a service project as a family. Whether it’s volunteering at a local shelter, participating in a community event, or offering assistance to a neighbor, these acts of service bring the true spirit of Christmas into your home.
4. Simplify Gift-Giving
Shift the focus from material gifts to more meaningful expressions of love. Consider writing heartfelt letters to family members, expressing gratitude and love. This not only strengthens familial bonds but also aligns with the spirit of Christ.
5. Attend Christ-Centered Events
Look for Christmas events, concerts, or performances that highlight the Savior’s life and teachings. Attend with family and friends to immerse yourselves in the spirit of Christmas in a spiritually uplifting way.
6. Create a Spiritual Christmas Playlist
Compile a playlist of hymns and songs centered around Christ’s birth. Play this music throughout the season to invite the spirit of Christmas into your home.
In embracing these practical ideas, Latter-day Saints can truly prepare spiritually for Christmas, ensuring that the celebration of Christ’s birth remains at the heart of the season. May this Christmas be a time of profound spiritual growth and a deepening connection with the Savior for you and your loved ones.