The best Christmas gifts can’t be wrapped in paper. No store sells them. Money can’t buy them. They’re brighter than tinsel, warmer than firelight, sweeter than Grandma’s fudge. They’re Christmas memories.

Kindled at the Source of all light, they shine from year to year, generation to generation, linking past and future. They soften hearts, lift spirits, and make us better people all year long.

Christmas memories are homemade—with a little help from heaven. The best ones seem to happen when we forget ourselves and reach out to help others.

On these pages five Church leaders share with you their own very special Christmas memories.

Lettering by James Fedor