Life is busy. There are just so many errands to run, things to see, and work to be finished. All these events on our calendars make it so easy to get distracted from what matters most. We often forget the most important things because of distractions in our every-day lives. Events like Christmas seem to have occurred in the distant past. Believe it or not, Christmas season ended less than a month ago. During this time, there is a special feeling of anticipation and happiness that no other time offers. Believe it or not, during Christmas season, we were really busy too. There were exams to study for, traveling to plan, presents to purchase, planes to catch and much more all on top of the load of every-day life. We could say that we were stuffed to the limit with things to do. But why was it so much easier to deal with all these details during Christmas season than it is currently? The Christmas spirit! Because of the Christmas spirit that is present during the holidays, we are less consumed with the minor details of life, and we are focused on what is important; being joyful, serving others and remembering Christ.
But, now that the lights are down, the presents are unwrapped, and extended family have departed, do we forget the reason that we celebrated Christmas in the first place? I believe that this is the reason that life gets so busy after Christmas; the Christmas spirit has left us. The purpose of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ. His birth made it possible for a way to be created for all mankind to be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. Jesus’ suffering in Gethsemane and on the cross makes it possible for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father. So, we still have reason to rejoice! We are just as able to be saved now as we were on Christmas, but do we just choose to celebrate it during that time…? John 14:15 states, “If ye love me, keep my commandments”. We can remember God by keeping his commandments even when the Christmas season has ended. Serving others is a very large part of the Christmas spirit. During this time, we go to great extents to purchase gifts for others to be kind because it seems like it’s a good seasonal habit. But, no presents are needed; no extravagant dinners need to be prepared; but watching out for God’s children will keep this Christmas spirit with us. Jesus said, “…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these things my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40). I know that when we serve others, we are serving God.
I know that as we remember Christ by keeping his commandments, rejoicing in the understanding that Jesus prepared a way for us to be saved, and serve others (which in turn serves God) we will be blessed beyond measure. I know the words of Thomas S. Monson, the prophet of the LDS (Mormon) church are true; he said, “when we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the spirit of Christ”. So, Christmas won’t be in the distant past, but an on-going, continual celebration.