A Mormon Christmas

December 27, 2009

Q. What do Mormons do for Christmas?


From what I have seen and experienced, Mormons celebrate Christmas in just about the same way that the rest of the Christmas-celebrating-world does.  We (in the U.S.) have a Christmas tree, stockings, egg nog (not alcoholic), family gatherings, presents, a visit from Santa, caroling, parties, and other unique family traditions.

One thing that Mormons try to do, which might set us apart from the worldly Christmas around us, is to focus on Christ as the center of the celebration.  Many families reenact the Nativity at some point on Christmas Eve or Christmas; and we try to emphasize gratitude for our blessings rather than getting more loot.

The First Presidency of the Church (our modern prophet and his counselors) produces a Christmas fireside each year, which is very typical of our attitude toward Christmas.  Watch the whole thing by clicking on this link.

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3 Responses to “A Mormon Christmas”

  1. Bus Gillespie

    Mormons, along with most people today realize that Christmas is being celebrated on the wrong day, that it should be in the Spring….But the stores need a year end rush to keep themselves in business so Mormons go along with it. The real Teutonic reasoning behind using the 25th is that its the first time the sun begins to move North signaling a rebirth after winter which has some nice symbolism as well.

  2. Bill

    Great post. As a Mormon, I agree that we realize that the Savior’s birth wasn’t in December, but rather in the Spring. Personally, I think we “go along with it” more because of the Christmas spirit. There is something that happens when a large group of people all remember the Savior and His birth, whether directly or indirectly, together. The joy, goodwill, and other things that we commonly refer to as “the Spirit of Christmas” are really nothing more or less than the fruits of the Spirit from the Holy Ghost. The date is not what’s important here. It would not matter if we all together rembered the Savior in December, April, or July. The effect is the same. “[W]here two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). The Spirit testifies of Christ. When we, individually or as a people, remember the Savior we are able to enjoy the fruits of the Spirit. It is so wonderful that we have a society which sets aside a season to collectively remember the Savior, whether directly or indirectly, and thereby enjoy the wonderful “Spirit of Christmas.”

  3. Kenneth

    We never did any reenactments, but we did focus totally and exclusively on family, for which I am grateful. But I never understood some of my LDS friends who went skiing on Christmas Day or to a Jazz Game. As they say in Zion: What the heck?