Monday, December 3, 2012

Getting into the Christmas Spirit - A Christmas Memory

Happy December and Merry Christmas everyone!
Today I find myself wedged between déjà vu and looking forward to the future as I contemplate getting into the Christmas Spirit. You see, I don’t plan to hang decorations—they’re all packed away in a far away place. It reminds me of years ago when we moved the week before Christmas. Similar circumstances again. I struggled that year to feel the Christmas Spirit. Shopping or playing Christmas CDs didn't do it for me. It wasn't until I attended a live program of Christmas music with performers decked in red and green that my heart absorbed my surroundings. The music came from singers whose faces showed they loved performing. We connected, like a gift from them to me. They were serving me and they loved doing it. My heart was touched and I dare guess that theirs were too.

What is it that makes it feel like Christmas? It may be something different to each of us. I love music, but it wasn't just the music. Music was combined with love and service through messages about Christ's birth, attended by friends and family. Add them together and you get the same answers I found on mormon.org/Christmas focusing on Service, Love, Jesus Christ, Family. Visit the site for Christmas messages and a nativity video, download some Christmas music, or join the conversation about what the season means to you. I recommend it as part of getting into the Christmas Spirit. What gets you in the seasonal mood?

3 comments:

kbrebes said...

Wearing RED, baking Christmas cookies, wrapping presents, writing old friends, seeing family, looking for a special December service project to do as a family...

Good post, Renae!!

Renae W. Mackley said...

You've got it, Kathleen. Those things involve traditions, family, service . . . Enjoy your December.

J. A. Bennett said...

That's so funny, I started reading this and I was going to recommend Mormon.org, but you already did it! <3