He shared memories of his childhood in Germany, growing up in modest circumstances but with parents who wanted their children to experience joy and wonder at Christmas. He spoke of drawing a picture for his sister as a Christmas gift and of his brother, 12 years his senior, who carved a knife for him from a stick found at a nearby park. In each case, the recipient treasured the gift because it was given with love.
President Uchtdorf observed that as people grow older, their ability to receive gifts with the enthusiasm and grace that children display diminishes.
"Sometimes people even get to the point where they can't receive a gift or, for that matter, even a compliment without embarrassment or feelings of indebtedness," he said.
He remarked that Jesus Christ is the perfect example not only of generous giving but also of gracious receiving.
Under the direction of Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, with Richard Elliott at the organ, the choir and orchestra performed selections such as "O Come All Ye Faithful," "What Child Is This" and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem".
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