The holiday known as Christmas

What is the deal with Christmas?  When did it become the powerhouse of holidays?  How did Santa Claus come into the picture?  Who was responsible for deciding December 25th was the day when no one really knew the date of the Savior’s birth? Where did Christmas originate? I asked myself these very questions this winter and decided to seek out some answers.  In short, why do we celebrate Christmas the way we do? Continue reading

Four Angels Divided

angelMy mom was an artist.  As an artist, she found many outlets for her creativity.  One outlet was painting ceramics.  Her dad and stepmother owned a ceramic shop and she helped out.  Along the way, her family were beneficiaries of ceramic projects big and small.  I remember her painting four angel ornaments for the tree.  One boy and three girls, or in other words, one for my brother and one for my sisters and me.

For years the angels hung on her Christmas tree every year.  Her little angels painted with love by our guardian angel.

Every year for thirty some years her angels hung on momma’s tree.

But all things come to an end.  This Christmas, the angels were divided and each hung on different trees in two states and three towns.  Mom’s angels are separated by distance but still connected by memory and love.

A Christmas Invitation

Here’s an invitation for you this Christmas season.

First, let me explain. The other day I had the opportunity to share a lesson during church. I used as my resource President Boyd K. Packer’s General Conference address “The Reason for Our Hope.” It is a great talk on how we need to be nurturing our testimonies in Christ daily. It will be our testimony of Christ that will enable us to withstand the trials and adversities life tends to throw us.

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