Messages from Leaders

  • “Can We See The Christ?” (December 2011 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches that the glitter of the Christmas season should not prevent us from remembering the Savior’s life. Includes a simple activity to look up scriptures and match them to pictures.
  • “The Christmas Cane” (December 2010 Friend)
    President Thomas S. Monson shares his feelings about participating in a Christmas pageant when he was a child.
  • “Christmas Is about Christ” (December 2013 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches that we should remember Christ and bring gifts to Him. Includes a couple simple activities.
  • “The Christmas Tree” (December 2011 Liahona and Friend)
    Sister Harriet R. Uchtdorf shares a story about a special Christmas from her childhood. Includes a Christmas ornament craft.
  • “Following Christ at Christmas” (December 2012 Friend)
    Stories from the lives of the latter-day prophets about following Christ at Christmas.
  • “Getting Ready for Christmas” (December 2012 Friend)
    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf says we can prepare for Christmas by setting aside time to think of Jesus Christ. Includes instructions to make an advent wreath from a paper plate.
  • “The Reason for the Wonder” (December 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    The First Presidency reminds children that when they remember the birth of Jesus, the Christmas season becomes truly special.
  • “The Savior is Born” (December 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    The First Presidency shares the story of Christ’s birth and encourages us to keep His commandments.
  • “Why is it so important to spend time with our Families?” (December 2013 Friend)
    A message from President Boyd K. Packer with snowy illustrations.


  • “Christmas Around the World” (December 1971 Friend)
    Learn about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries.
  • “Christmas at the Hospital” (December 2012 Friend)
    Stacy spends several months at the hospital after a car accident, and she returns there after she is released so she can bring Christmas to the other children there.
  • “The Christmas Basket” (December 2009 Friend)
    A family prepares a gift basket for another family. After Christmas they learn how perfect some of the gifts were.
  • “Christmas Eve Drop-Off” (December 2010 Friend)
    Melissa tells her parents she wants to give her Christmas gifts to a girl from school and her family decides to drop off a tree, food, and gifts on Christmas Eve.
  • “A Christmas Gift for Jesus” (December 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    A colorful page depicting ideas of what a child could give Christ during Christmas.
  • “A Christmas Prayer Answered” (December 2012 Liahona and Friend)
    Peggy’s family has no food for Christmas dinner, but her family’s prayers are answered when generous neighbors bring them a feast.
  • “The Christmas Story from the Book of Mormon” (December 1986 Liahona and December 1985 Friend)
    A script for telling the story of Jesus’s birth from the account in the Book of Mormon.
  • “The Christmas Surprise” (December 2013 Friend)
    There weren’t many coins in our Christmas jar—how would we help a family in need?
  • “A Christmas Visitor” (December 2007 Liahona and Friend)
    A family shares their Christmas with a sister in their ward.
  • “A Different Kind of Christmas Tree” (December 2011 Liahona and Friend)
    A story for young children about a family who focuses on Christ while decorating their Christmas tree. Includes a spot-the-difference activity and a Nativity coloring page.
  • “The First Christmas Gift” (December 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    A story for young children about a boy remembering the true meaning of Christmas. Also includes a finding activity.
  • “The Gift” (December 2012 Friend)
    Even though Sophia’s family is quarantined and cannot purchase gifts for Christmas, she knows there will always be the special gift of the Savior.
  • “A Gift for Jesus” (December 2009 Friend)
    A story for young children about a girl who learns about giving gifts to Christ.
  • “Gloves for a Shepherd” (December 2013 Friend)
    A girl talks about sharing her gloves with a boy who was cold.
  • “A Helping Angel” (December 2013 Friend)
    Molly learns to forget herself and help others.
  • “Jesus Is Born” (December 2013 Liahona and Friend)
    A retelling of the story of Christ’s birth for small children.
  • “Jesus Is Born” (December 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    An overview of the Nativity story, including historical facts.
  • “Jesus Is Born” (December 2009 Friend)
    Rebus story about the birth of Jesus.
  • “Jesus Loves You” (December 2013 Friend)
    What will Grace see at the temple visitors’ center?
  • “Kenny’s Christmas” (December 2005 Friend)
    A boy shares one of his own Christmas gifts with his neighbor Kenny, who received no toys for Christmas.
  • “The Light of the World” (December 2012 Liahona and Friend )
    Erin struggles to feel excited for Christmas after a classmate’s death, but a Nativity program reminds her that we can all live again because Christ was born.
  • “The Lights of Christmas” (December 2011 Friend)
    Jackson feels good after his family helps the neighbors put up their Christmas lights.
  • “Mom’s Christmas Surprise” (December 2012 Friend)
    Lindi and her brother, Ryan, save up their money so they can buy their mom a Nativity set she really wants.
  • “My Gift to Jesus” (December 2012 Liahona and Friend)
    A girl decides to be nice to her sister to show Jesus that she loves Him.
  • “Nephi, Son of Nephi” (December 1971 Friend)
    A retelling of what happened in the Book of Mormon when Jesus was born.
  • “The New Adventures of Matt & Mandy” (December 2013 Friend)
    Matt and Mandy ask their parents to spend Christmas money on friends in need instead of buying them lots of gifts.
  • “The Open House” (December 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    Alison focuses on the true meaning of Christmas when her ward holds an open house instead of a ward Christmas party.
  • “The Secret Giver” (December 2008 Liahona and Friend)
    David learns to give at Christmas when his family decides to give gifts in secret to families in need.
  • “Sharing Christmas” (December 2011 Friend)
    Sarah is happy after she gives away her stuffed animal to a little girl at a children’s home.
  • “Straw for the Manger” (December 2010 Liahona and Friend)
    A boy enjoys adding a piece of straw to the manger each time he does a good deed during the Christmas season.
  • “A Temple Square Christmas” (December 2009 Liahona and Friend)
    Liza and Hiram visit Temple Square to see lights and nativity scenes. Includes some interesting facts about Temple Square at Christmastime.
  • “Waiting for Jesus” (December 2013 Liahona and Friend)
    Katie can’t find the baby Jesus for the Nativity, but then learns that she has to wait for Him to come.
  • “Warming Up to the Lindsays” (December 2013 Friend)
    Karen learns how to love her neighbors when they visit for Christmas.
  • “When Jesus Was a Child” (December 2013 Friend)
    A photo story depicting two children exploring the movie set where the Bible Videos were filmed.


FHE Ideas

  • Family Home Evening Idea: Christmas in the Americas
    Read “Christmas in the Americas” (December 2004 Friend) and plan to perform it. You may want to involve extended family, neighbors, or ward members as well. Afterwards, serve your favorite Christmas treat.
  • Family Home Evening Idea: Giving to Others at Christmas
    Instead of writing a list of what you want this Christmas, write a list of meaningful gifts you could give. Then read “The Last Present” (December 2007 Friend). Instead of being disappointed by gifts you might not receive, you could choose to be like Jake this Christmas and look for ways to make someone else’s holiday special. Even if you don’t have money, you can find ways to sacrifice and show others that you love them. Can you think of someone lonely who might appreciate a nice letter? Make him or her a Stained Glass Window Card and some Surprise Snowballs (December 2007 Friend). Choose the best gift-giving ideas on your list and follow through with them in the coming weeks.
  • Family Home Evening Idea: Joy in Christ’s Birth
    Have everyone draw pictures of things they love about Christmas. Why does the Christmas season seem to make people feel so happy? Read the First Presidency’s Christmas message, “The Savior Is Born” (December 2007 Liahona and Friend). Why does this message bring the greatest joy of all? How can our knowledge of Jesus Christ’s birth help us feel peaceful all year, even when we may face challenges?
  • Family Home Evening Idea: Welcome, Jesus
    Read the poem “Welcome, Jesus” (December 2005 Friend). We can welcome the Savior into our lives by following His example. Have each family member write down ways they have tried to be like Jesus or things they will do to become more like Him. Place the papers in a gift bag and display it where everyone will be reminded to “welcome Jesus” this season.


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