Do we really know how to celebrate Christmas? Boyd Matheson talks compassion and believing (+podcast)

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 9:24 a.m.

    RE: "Do we really know how to celebrate Christmas?"...
    I don't know how everybody should celebrate Christmas, that's pretty much up to them. But I know how I should celebrate Christmas.

  • SuzViews Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 12, 2018 4:05 a.m.

    “So on this Christmas, and this Christmas season, as you prepare, as you celebrate, and as you sustain that celebration, you need to know that all things are possible to those that believe. Now, how can I say that? I can say that not because I've seen God or angels, I can declare that because I've seen people. I've seen neighbors and friends, I've seen colleagues, I've seen people in our cities and towns who go out and make a difference every day.

    So I can say that because I've seen you. I've seen how you live your life. I've seen how you share your talents and resources. I've watched and been blessed by the countless people who selflessly serve. That's why I can believe...people like you who make it possible for a Heavenly Father to confirm...that all things really are possible to them to believe.”

    Truth! Tonight, I was honoring LDS Church-Service Missionaries as well as volunteers from diverse & faiths. I shared this story:

    One of our leaders has a daughter who needed a liver transplant. I invited her to pray that her mission blessings be transferred to her daughter. She did. She told me today that her daughter no longer needs a transplant — just antibiotics! ♥️

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 9:25 p.m.

    Christmas has mostly been hijacked by secular society. Even believing Christians are swept up into the buying frenzy from Black Friday to December 24. Lost largely is the celebration of our Saviors birth. We make a little room for it but lets face it, not much room compared to the pressure to buy stuff. It would be better to end Christmas and replace it with just some winter holiday totally secular in nature. The real birth of Jesus is April 6th so that is when we could focus all our celebration on the Savior.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Dec. 11, 2018 4:36 p.m.

    I don't like being the skunk at the picnic, but....

    Matheson asserts that: " Compassion is the essence of what makes Christmas Christmas."

    Perhaps that is what the intention is. However, the actual practice bears little resemblance to this assertion. The way Christmas is celebrated in this country is through gross commercialization, debt and hedonistic celebrations.

    If Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, then do so in a way that reflects that person words and the life he led. Worship with family and friends. Enjoy time together and reflect on the past year. Have a nice meal. Act in compassion for the least of us. But don't pretend that this is not exactly what most of us do and where most of us direct our energies at this time of the year.

    Perhaps Matheson is trying to "shame" us a little for our emphasis on gift giving, decorations and big parties. Or for ignoring the purpose behind the holiday. However, I doubt his strong convictions to "compassion" will fall upon open ears and open minds. Or that Americans can change their ways regarding this particular holiday.

  • Grandma Kitties Vernal, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 12:06 p.m.

    Thank you. This is the same message you received from the women you wrote a meaningful note when you noticed her tears. There might be others who put on a brave face, because it is Christmas, the happiest time of the year. I had to frown and resolve to listen more intently to the promptings, which I tend to not act on. Yes, thank you for helping me remember whose birthday we celebrate and add compassion to my list of things to do.