Several Christian religions don't celebrate the pagan holiday Christmas. It
isn't surprising that people who don't know about Mormonism would wonder whether
or not Mormons celebrate it as well.
My small branch was having a Christmas pageant. My six year old daughter was
Mary. The problem was that we didn't have a baby to be Jesus.Our
Jehova's Witness neighbors loaned us one.
Yes, LDS members celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas day. They, however,
realize that Jesus was actually born in the spring (lambing season).
Of course Latter-day Saints celebrate Christmas!Do we have Midnight
Mass like the Roman Catholics do? No, although some would say the First
Presidency Christmas Devotional is similar, albeit almost a month before
Christmas.Is one way of celebrating better than the other? I don't
think so. Everyone can celebrate Christmas however they wish, even if they
choose not to celebrate it at all.I understand why some may feel
Latter-day Saints don't celebrate Christmas. They see the LDS Church as outside
the mainstream and so they're unsure what any outside faith believes or doesn't
believe. It's a good thing we have articles like this to clear up
What I don't understand as a Latter-day Saint, is why we pay so little attention
to April 6th which by revelation we know to be the actual birth date of Christ?
It has been suggested that the proximity to Easter is at fault for this.Much of the music and detritus of Christmas doesn't fit.
Understandably, after winding and taking down from December, April seems soon to
set out Nativity scenes and play carols. This last year we put together a
program of music for a birthday activity at the Church.Still, feel
bad that in 30+ years as a family celebrating April 6th, it always pales in
comparison to the scope afforded in December by us and others.
I think the confusion stems from not having services on Christmas day.
Generally, most faiths (Christian) I've associated had a mass or some service in
their chapel on Christmas day.
Ether 4:12 begins: "And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do goo is of
me:...".Christmas teaches us to do good -- at least it does if we are
paying attention. I choose to celebrate Christmas because it denotes the birth
of Jesus, the Christ. Celebrated with the right spirit, it can bring much good
into our lives as well as the lives of those around us. We should try to keep
Christmas in our hearts year-round and be the examples Christ would want us to
be. As a Latter Day Saint this is what I and my family try to do. I am
grateful for Christmas. It is a special time for families and for friends to
remember why we are here and where we are going. May God bless everyone this
Christmas season and may we all remember why we celebrate His birth.
Sorry. In my quote of Ether 4:12 I had a typo. It should be "....that
persuadeth men to do GOOD..."
It doesn't make one Christian religion less Christian just because there is no
service on Sunday. For many Christian sects it is the only time someone attends
Church in a year. For others it doesn't carry the same meaning. The thing is
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints celebrates the birth of the
Savior through its members everyday of the year and especially on Sunday. This
year since Christmas falls on Sunday, our services will only consist of
sacrament meeting, not the full three hours. However, it is up to the local
units on how they use that meeting. Some will do a lot of singing, others will
have sermmons and music. It really doesn't matter. There still will be some
who don't attend at all regardless of the sect.It doesn't make us
less Christian if we don't have a special service just for Christmas. Generally
the entire month of December is given to such celebration of the Savior.The thing is the birth of the Savior means nothing without the
crucifition and resurrection. Otherwise, it would have been just another birth.
You can't celebrate one with out the other.
"'To be loved,' said the Roman poet Ovid, in rather a different
context, 'be lovable.'"=======================I wish that maxim were true more often.It's hard to
imagine anyone more "loveable" than an innocent child. However, with
millions of abortions every year and millions more innocent children abused,
neglected and otherwise maltreated, often by the very people most responsible to
love and care for them, it becomes clear that being "lovable" requires
more than being someone worthy of love and care. It also means having people
in one's life capable of loving. Something that is in ever diminishing