The December New Era has a special section on the family. “Focusing on a Forever Family” (page 28) shares the experience of two youth in El Salvador who helped their parents return to Church activity. Youth who come from difficult family situations will find ideas in “Overcoming Family Challenges” (page 38).
Keep Christ at the center of the holiday season with articles such as “Now There Is Hope” (page 7), “Gifts You Can’t Wrap” (page 42), and “How to Give Gifts to Christ,” by President Henry B. Eyring (page 48).
See top entries from this year’s International Art Competition for Youth. This artwork, designed for the 2012 Mutual theme, is a great way to wrap up the year and help youth “arise and shine forth” (see page 24).
The December Friend includes a Christmas activity to help children celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (pages 24–25). The activity encourages children to think about gifts the Savior has given them and gifts they can give to the Savior.
Make some Christmas memories with your children by cooking one of the cultural Christmas dishes found on page 18.