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Knowing the True Spirit of Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

We're already in the midst of the Christmas frenzy. The days are getting shorter and the nights are becoming longer now that everyone is thinking about gifts. When most people are asked what the holiday season means to them, they say "gifts" and "family."  

Christmas gifts are mainly reserved for children, it's a lovely time for those who are surrounded by friends and family. We are currently with family in Atlanta and so happy to be here.  It so nice to be close to those you love whether friends or family.  This season, has been challenging with all the health scares but on the other hand, serves as a reminder of what we can accomplish when we work together.

Christmas is more than just a day for exchanging gifts; it's a selfless time, where we forgive, take stock of what's important, and become 'better' versions of ourselves. The spirit of Christmas is in the 'togetherness,' it's in the thought to which you put into thinking about others, it's a selfless time, where we forgive, take stock of what's important, and become 'better' versions of ourselves. It's the global 'feel good' factor and you can't help but feel the love, even if you don't celebrate.

But the question remains as to what is the genuine meaning of Christmas?  Is Christmas simply about parties, gifts, and spending time with family? Is it best defined as that warm, fuzzy feeling you get around this time of year?

Christmas is, above all, a state of mind. There is no Christmas until one feels the spirit of the season. As a result, we must comprehend the genuine meaning and embrace its spirit:

Giving

To truly understand the genuine meaning of Christmas, we must search deep within ourselves and be willing to give our love to ourselves and others. We give gifts as a mark of our love, not as a requirement. As we give, we should remember that no present will ever be able to genuinely replace the love we give to others and the time we spend with them.

Appreciating

The importance of appreciation cannot be overstated. Many people are unhappy with their lives. We concentrate on all of the things we desire. We, on the other hand, spend almost no time appreciating and being grateful for what we already have. The Christmas spirit is all about gratitude, appreciation for what we have, and a caring heart.

Doing Service

Embracing the Christmas spirit also entails giving to those in need. Providing a service to someone in need or even making a donation anonymously. Such activities show that you realize the true meaning of Christmas. When we help others in need, we can enjoy this time more thoroughly.

Christmas is an excellent opportunity to reflect. It is a season of giving, of generosity and joy. A charitable heart finest exemplifies the true spirit of Christmas.

And, like life, Christmas takes on the shape we give it. We most nearly resemble the spirit of Bethlehem and the character of infant Jesus when we fully embrace the spirit of Christmas, with all of its warmth, joy, and love.

Don't get caught up in the stresses of the season to the point where we focus on the wrong things and miss out on the simple delights of recognizing the birth of the Holy One of Bethlehem.

The true joy of Christmas is not found in rushing and scrambling to get more done. When we make the Savior the center of the season, we experience the true joy of Christmas.

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