Christmas is Magic

Essential Takeaway: Wizards need Christ too.

It is said there is something magical about the Christmas season. I agree. People seem to be kinder to one another; We think about others more often; We seem to remember what is important: spending time with loved ones and pondering on our Savior.

As a mother, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with all of the Christmas obligations. We need to make the list and check it twice, actually buy Christmas presents for all family members, find the stockings, hang them with care, get the traditional decorations hung (you know, those the kids will freak over if you forget), make the gingerbread houses, sing the songs, write the Christmas letter, gifts for teachers, mail carriers, neighbors, co-workers, that other person I know I’m forgetting, sew Christmas pajamas…. (take a breath), Christmas recitals, dance performances, plays, concerts….. the list goes on and on.

I was touched listening to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional on Sunday evening. You can view it here:

I loved everything about Elder Kearon’s talk. I love his accent. I believe all references to Christmas should be done in a beautiful British accent. He said, “Moments of reflection can be too rare for us in the build-up to Christmas Day. Sometimes expectations we impose on ourselves actually take away from the joy of the season rather than magnify it”.

Are my “build-up” activities keeping me from feeling the spirit of Christ? Am I taking time to ponder the birth of the Savior? Am I taking time each day to feel of HIS spirit? Having kids around the house is a great reminder of what is most important. Look who is part of our manger scene:

I was touched to notice that Harry and Ron from Harry Potter took time out of their busy lives fighting he-who-shall-not-be-named. Life is busy and we have important things to do. We all know we can not slack fighting evil. Maybe part of fighting evil is taking time out to worship the Savior. Scratch a few things off your list. You will win in the end.

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