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The Best Gifts Are the Classics
People spend weeks and even months planning holiday gatherings and trying to come up with the best Christmas gifts available every year. This can be a lot of fun, but it can also lead to overwhelm and emotional burnout right at the very time when we want to experience the magical feelings of joy and peace that are associated with the Christmas season.
If you want to cast out that negativity and overwhelm, you will need to find the perfect gift, and this is one case where the best gifts are the classics.
The First Gift of Christmas—Our Savior
The first gift of Christmas didn't take batteries, although it did bring light and life to the world. It wasn't even wrapped in anything but swaddling clothes.
That's right. The first gift of Christmas was our Savior, Jesus Christ, and as you open your heart to receive the gifts he freely offers to you, all of that stress and overwhelm will be replaced with the magical feelings of the Christmas season.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
— John 3:16
The Gift of Love
Christ was the perfect example of love. His whole life was a demonstration of how to love and sacrifice for others. He knew he would be born into humble circumstances, but chose to come be born in a stable so that we could have a Savior.
He spent his whole life exercising compassion and performing miracles for those who needed healing, even for those that many people would have quickly judged as being unworthy of anyone's love.
Then he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and ultimately sacrificed his life so that all of us could receive the greatest blessings of his love throughout mortality and eternity.
Open Your Heart to Christ's Love
We don't have to wait to receive Christ's love. We can receive it right now if we choose to open our hearts.
If you aren't sure how much he loves you or maybe you know he loves you, but find it hard to believe at times, I challenge you to say a prayer to Heavenly Father, and specifically ask him to help you feel the love of Christ. I promise you that you will be overwhelmed with the warmth of your Savior's love for you if you pray sincerely with a true desire to receive an answer.
Open your heart to receive the gift of love, and then make sure to share it with others.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
— John 15:13
The Gift of Peace
Christ is also known as the Prince of Peace, and it's a very fitting title for him. He spent his life teaching doctrines that could bring peace to the whole world if they were perfectly followed.
He quickly forgave the sinners that others would persecute. Rather than fighting those who crucified him, he humbly asked his Heavenly Father to forgive them. He was the perfect example of peace.
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Through prophecy, we know that eventually Christ will come again and bring peace to the whole world. For now, we can receive his peace in our hearts. Christ suffered the atonement so that he could perfectly understand everything that we go through and give us comfort in our pain.
Alma 7:11 says:
And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
Even though we are living in a world filled with hatred, terror, and turmoil, we can receive comfort as we open our hearts in prayer, fervently seeking Christ's gift of peace.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
— John 14:27
This song is guaranteed to bring peace to your heart. It's so beautiful!
The Gift of Joy
Christmas is a time of year when we are supposed to be filled with joy, but it is also a time of year when many people experience loneliness and sadness.
As we choose to open our hearts and receive the gifts that Christ has given to us, we can replace feelings of sadness with gratitude and joy. If we choose to share these gifts with others, that joy can be amplified even more.
This Christmas, open your heart to receiving joy by recognizing and being grateful for the gifts you have been given and then sharing those gifts with others.
By the way, if you are looking for a little bit of a pick me up and some inspiration to share the true gifts of Christmas with others, check out the video below. I've watched it several times now, and it brings me a great amount of joy every time I view it.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
— John 16:33
I dare you to watch this video and not be joyful!
Rebecca Young (author) from Renton, WA on December 16, 2015:
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 16, 2015:
What a change from the usual Christmas articles. Thanks for highlighting the true gift of Christmas.