26 November 2010

Get Real

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Now that the turkey has been carved, the gravy has gone on the potatoes, the cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin pie have been consumed, we’re probably a bit thick around the waist right now. Some of us are probably thinking about exercise and dieting already.

At this time of year, some of us are just getting ready to go shopping, especially today, Black Friday. Those people who are more organized, or more prepared, already have all their presents hiding somewhere in the house.

But is Christmas about the presents and all the ‘getting’? Or, like the Grinch says, is Christmas something more?

Let me share this with you:

“The Christmas season is one of the most wonderful times of the year. However, it is not the gifts, the trees, the decorations, or the food that make this a season full of wonder.

"It is when we remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that the Christmas season becomes truly special.

As we strive to remember our Savior, our desire to live like Him will grow. It is no coincidence that Christmas is the time of the year when people are the most loving, the most giving, the most kind, and the most grateful.

"As we try to follow Christ’s example this season and do our best to live as He did, let us find ways to lift up those around us. Let us celebrate our Savior’s birth by being followers of Christ in word and deed.” (The Reason for the Wonder, Ensign, Dec 2009, First Presidency Message)

From the Neighborhood, we hope you’re getting ready to celebrate the birth of our Savior, and are looking to give and share with those that don’t have enough. After all, that’s what this season is about.

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