Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Traditional Christmas Carols

The first Carol song, according to legend was sung by angels appearing to the shepherd of Bethlehem and declaring the birth of Christ and "peace on Earth goodwill to men". 
Luke 2:14 

Traditionally carols were sung to remind every one of the true meaning of Christmas. With Christmas coming more secularized and commercialized, it is important to remember he is the reason for the season. Popular holiday songs like jingle bells Frosty the Snowman and many others. Even though the songs aren't bad songs they can still be listen to and enjoyed this Christmas season along with many others to come. However we have traditional Christmas carols to help remind us what the real season of Christmas is about.

"God rest ye Merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay me, remember Christ our Savior is born on Christmas Day to save us all from Satan's power though we have gone astray" "and I are deeply troubled world, where there seems an abundant dismay, we can indeed take comfort and joy from the knowledge that Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day, to save us all from sings power when we were gone astray." Close quote 

Thomas S, Monson said in the 2011 christmas devotional "

“When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the Spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ Spirit. It will block out all the distractions around us which can diminish Christmas and swallow up its true meaning.

“There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ.
“Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year. It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.
“Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.
“Because He came, we know how to reach out to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be.

“Because He came, death has lost its sting, the grave its victory. We will live again because He came.
“Because He came and paid for our sins, we have the opportunity to gain eternal life.” (President Thomas S. Monson, 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional)"
The Christmas season is a time to reflect and act upon the blessings and opportunities we have because of the birth, life, Atonement, and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As our Heavenly Father “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son”  (John 3:16),we express our love toward one another and toward God and his precious Son by giving of ourselves.

Use the resources below to enrich your Christmas celebrations and help you to focus on the Savior this season.

Through this Christmas season create Christmas time with comfort and joy with your families and other loved ones that you can share fond memories with in the future Christmases to come.

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