Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Last Sunday was able to go to listen to the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints give the Christmas Devotional.  One of the speakers was President Uchtdorf, to where part of his talk was on about not trying to have a perfect Christmas.  That to plan a perfect Christmas is not going to happen.  That there will be problems along the way to make it not possible: The food dish burnt, the wrong size of clothes given as a present, the tree losing its needles all over the floor, and even trying to recreate the memories from long ago.  Trying to recreate a perfect Christmas is not going to happen and will cause more stress on you and others around you.  Just go with the flow and knowing the real meaning is about Christ and his gift to us.
Later that night I was thinking of  "Shrek the Halls".  It’s about Shrek trying to have the perfect Christmas for his wife and kids.  Though as the movie goes along it goes far from being perfect Christmas.  Everything goes wrong that could possibly go wrong.  At the end, Shrek learns from Fiona that being with family, and friends and having a good time in each other’s company is what spending time for the holidays is about. 
It would also coincide along with "A Charlie Brown Christmas".  Charlie Brown is trying to have a good Christmas by putting on a play of the first Nativity put on by the cast of his friends.  When nothing goes as it should, he gets frustrated and feels that it’s hopeless to celebrate the Christmas holiday.  This is when Linus reminds Charlie Brown of the true meaning of Christmas:
  "Charlie Brown: I guess I don’t really know what Christmas is about. Isn’t there anyone who understands what Christmas is all about?"
Linus: "Sure, I can tell you what Christmas is all about."
“And there were in the same country Sheppard’s abiding in
the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the
angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone
round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said
unto them, ‘fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great
joy which will be to all people. For unto you is born this day in
the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this
shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes lying in the manger.’ And suddenly, there was
with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and
saying, ‘glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good
will towards men."  
          "That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

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