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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 7 2011 10:55 p.m. MST

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RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Several Christian religions don't celebrate the pagan holiday Christmas. It isn't surprising that people who don't know about Mormonism would wonder whether or not Mormons celebrate it as well.

BobP
Port Alice, B.C.

My small branch was having a Christmas pageant. My six year old daughter was Mary. The problem was that we didn't have a baby to be Jesus.

Our Jehova's Witness neighbors loaned us one.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Yes, LDS members celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas day. They, however, realize that Jesus was actually born in the spring (lambing season).

ClarkHippo
Tooele, UT

Of course Latter-day Saints celebrate Christmas!

Do we have Midnight Mass like the Roman Catholics do? No, although some would say the First Presidency Christmas Devotional is similar, albeit almost a month before Christmas.

Is one way of celebrating better than the other? I don't think so. Everyone can celebrate Christmas however they wish, even if they choose not to celebrate it at all.

I understand why some may feel Latter-day Saints don't celebrate Christmas. They see the LDS Church as outside the mainstream and so they're unsure what any outside faith believes or doesn't believe.

It's a good thing we have articles like this to clear up any misunderstanding.

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

What I don't understand as a Latter-day Saint, is why we pay so little attention to April 6th which by revelation we know to be the actual birth date of Christ? It has been suggested that the proximity to Easter is at fault for this.

Much of the music and detritus of Christmas doesn't fit. Understandably, after winding and taking down from December, April seems soon to set out Nativity scenes and play carols. This last year we put together a program of music for a birthday activity at the Church.

Still, feel bad that in 30+ years as a family celebrating April 6th, it always pales in comparison to the scope afforded in December by us and others.

Doctor
Tucson, AZ

I think the confusion stems from not having services on Christmas day. Generally, most faiths (Christian) I've associated had a mass or some service in their chapel on Christmas day.

dotp
POTEAU, OK

Ether 4:12 begins: "And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do goo is of me:...".
Christmas teaches us to do good -- at least it does if we are paying attention. I choose to celebrate Christmas because it denotes the birth of Jesus, the Christ. Celebrated with the right spirit, it can bring much good into our lives as well as the lives of those around us. We should try to keep Christmas in our hearts year-round and be the examples Christ would want us to be. As a Latter Day Saint this is what I and my family try to do. I am grateful for Christmas. It is a special time for families and for friends to remember why we are here and where we are going. May God bless everyone this Christmas season and may we all remember why we celebrate His birth.

dotp
POTEAU, OK

Sorry. In my quote of Ether 4:12 I had a typo. It should be "....that persuadeth men to do GOOD..."

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

It doesn't make one Christian religion less Christian just because there is no service on Sunday. For many Christian sects it is the only time someone attends Church in a year. For others it doesn't carry the same meaning. The thing is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints celebrates the birth of the Savior through its members everyday of the year and especially on Sunday. This year since Christmas falls on Sunday, our services will only consist of sacrament meeting, not the full three hours. However, it is up to the local units on how they use that meeting. Some will do a lot of singing, others will have sermmons and music. It really doesn't matter. There still will be some who don't attend at all regardless of the sect.

It doesn't make us less Christian if we don't have a special service just for Christmas. Generally the entire month of December is given to such celebration of the Savior.

The thing is the birth of the Savior means nothing without the crucifition and resurrection. Otherwise, it would have been just another birth. You can't celebrate one with out the other.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

"'To be loved,' said the Roman poet Ovid, in rather a different context, 'be lovable.'"

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I wish that maxim were true more often.

It's hard to imagine anyone more "loveable" than an innocent child. However, with millions of abortions every year and millions more innocent children abused, neglected and otherwise maltreated, often by the very people most responsible to love and care for them, it becomes clear that being "lovable" requires more than being someone worthy of love and care. It also means having people in one's life capable of loving. Something that is in ever diminishing supply.

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