Mormons are Christians
To answer the question “how do Mormons celebrate Christmas?” you have to first look at the fact that Mormons are Christians. Another thing to think about is the fact that Mormons were a large part of the pioneer and pilgrim foundations of the Western United States.
Traditional Holiday Celebrations
Because of this heritage, and because of our belief in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and the Savior of the world, we celebrate Christmas along with the rest of the Christian world, and in the same ways. We have trees, lights, stockings and Santa Claus. We sing the same carols, eat the same foods, and enjoy the company of family and friends.
Above all, we try to use the Christmas season as an opportunity to renew our commitment to helping those around us who may not have family, or may not have enough to meet their own needs. Christmas is a wonderful time to remember to reach out and give, especially where the need is great or for even basic items.
What does Christmas mean?
Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. When our Savior was born, the course of human history and direction was altered for eternity. We recognize this by the simple fact that all reckoning of our cultures time is based around the events of Christ’s birth, and His death. These two events, along with the example of His life, and his suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, combine to form the most important period of time ever. Christmas is the celebration of the dawning of that important period.
Jesus Christ provides answers and perspective
Understanding the life and death of Jesus Christ can help us gain perspective, and get answers to important questions about life: where did we come from, why are we here, and where are we going? When Jesus Christ was born on this earth, He did not spring into existence; He was everlasting, and existed previously in the spirit world. Each of us was there with him, and have come here to this earth to be tested, to see if we will obey God and keep his commandments. After this life, we will return to live with God, the Father of our spirits.
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