For several years now, I’ve wanted to write my own Advent calendar with scriptures and quotes and music, but I never think about it early enough to pull it off before December rolls around. This year though, I’m at least going to start gathering some of my favorite Christmas quotes together and I will try to share one each day on the blog. I’ve never been great about blogging every day, but maybe I can manage a daily quote in an effort to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. So check back and see what I’ve come up with!
To begin, a marvelous quote from our prophet on what this time of year can and should be:
Brothers and sisters, this joyful season brings to all of us a measure of happiness that corresponds to the degree to which we have turned our minds, feelings, and actions to the Savior, whose birth we celebrate.
There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus theChrist. Let it be a time that lights the eyes of children and puts laughter on their lips. Let it be a time for lifting the lives of those who live in loneliness. Let it be a time for calling our families together, for feeling a closeness to those who are near to us and a closeness also to those who are absent.
Let it be a time of prayers for peace, for the preservation of free principles, and for the protection of those who are far from us. Let it be a time of forgetting self and finding time for others. Let it be a time for discarding the meaningless and for stressing the true values. Let it be a time of peace because we have found peace in His teachings.
Most of all, let it be a time to remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the Wise Men.
My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love which comes at Christmastime fill our homes and our lives and linger there long after the tree is down and the lights are put away for another year.
Pres. Thomas S. Monson “A Bright Shining Star,” 2010 First Presidency Christmas Devotional, (December 5, 2010)