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Linda & Richard Eyre: Reflect upon true meaning of Christmas

Published: Sunday, Dec. 18 2011 4:00 p.m. MST

"Equadorian Creche" by Fernando Cortez was on display at The Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Dec. 6, 2011.

Ravell Call, Deseret News archives

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As parents and grandparents, we all try to do our best to teach our children the true meaning of Christmas. And it is not an easy thing to do in the midst of the commercialism and busy nonsense that swirls around and through the holiday season.

But with all the effort we put into helping our kids to "get it" about the real and deeper meaning of Christmas, we often have precious little time left to focus on our own minds and spirits, and to try to make the season a reverent and spiritual experience for ourselves.

Sometimes we think it is a little like the analogy of oxygen masks on an airplane. The flight announcement always says, "If you are traveling with children, put on your own oxygen mask first and then help your kids with theirs."

Perhaps we have to work on our own Christmas worship before we can effectively pass on the spiritual awe to our children.

So today, let's focus on some adult reflections that may make our adult Christmas thoughts deeper and more enduring. Here are three of our favorite quotes that we think can do exactly that:

C. S. Lewis said, "Beware of supposed Christians who possess insufficient awe of Christ."

To familiarize Jesus too much, to go too far in thinking of him as being like us may rob us of the overwhelming amazement of his Godhood and weaken our dazzling effort to comprehend the vastness of the difference between his perfection and our imperfection.

Remember, it was "with wondering awe the wise men saw." May we be similarly wise!

LDS apostle Elder Neal A. Maxwell said, "The more we think about where we stand in relation to Christ, the more we realize that we do not stand at all, we only kneel."

His majesty, and also his atonement, "surpasseth understanding." May we, as the shepherds on that long ago night, simply kneel before him and marvel at his might.

Lao Tzu said (six hundred years before Christ was born), "If there ever appears on this Earth a being who is both the yin and the yang, that being will not be a man, he will be God."

In our human natures, masculine is the opposite of feminine, confidence is the antithesis of humility, and sorrow is the antonym of joy. Yet Christ was the epitome of all that is good, blending all virtues into the ultimate example for our aspiration. May we, as the angels who heralded his birth, sing to his glory and move ever so slightly toward it.

As we make our way through this Christmas season, may these thoughts remind us that the birthday we celebrate is that of our God, of our Savior, of our Eldest Brother and of our Eternal King. And may this knowledge and this season fill us to the brim with awe, with worship and with amazement.

The Eyres' three latest books are "The Entitlement Trap," "5 Spiritual Solutions" and "The Three Deceivers." Richard and Linda are New York Times No. 1 best-selling authors who lecture throughout the world on family-related topics. Read Linda Eyre's blog at www.deseretnews.com/blog/81/A-World-of-Good.html and visit the Eyres anytime at www.TheEyres.com or www.valuesparenting.com. Listen to their weekly radio show on Mondays at 4:30 at www.byuradio.org.

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