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Christmas Thanks

by Solveig Paulson Russell


Dear Father, on this Christmas Day
I thank Thee for the Child who lay
In a stable long ago.
And I thank Thee that the glow
Of light and love about Him then
Still is felt and known to men.
I thank Thee that this season brings
Remembrance of the King of kings
And of the star and angel throngs
And peace expressed in heavenly songs.
I thank Thee too for every way
Thy love has blessed us on this day.
Friend 1972

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The Best Present

 by Wanda B. Blaisdell


I love the gifts that Christmas brings
In boxes big and small—
Tied up with sparkly bows and bells;
But what is best of all …
Is seeing love and thankfulness
In smiles and shining eyes,
When each one in my family
Opens up his gift surprise!
Friend 1071

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Preparations

by Amanda Spencer

Mince pie and mistletoe,
And merriment and mints,
And decorated mantels,
And whispered Christmas hints;
Folks with bulging packages,
And children quick to smile—
All tell that Christmas will be here
In just a little while.
So hurry with the shopping,
And hang the garlands high,
And shine the house with gladness
As the days go rushing by.
Bring in the tree for trimming—
Make it happy, bright, and gay,
And thank the Lord for sending us
The Babe on Christmas Day.
Friend 1971

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The Donkey

by Milo Mills

The donkey stood in his stall that night
And blinked at the glory of heavenly light
That filled the stable where Jesus lay.
And he heard the voices of angels say,
“Glory to God in the highest! Peace to men!”
And then all about, again, and again,
The heavenly hosts sang; and the donkey’s ear
Twitched in wonder of those so near:
The Mother Mary, Joseph, the Child—
The Precious Savior, tiny and mild.
The donkey stood in his stall, and he
Was privileged to see the majesty
Of a Savior King, God’s own Son.
Oh, wasn’t he lucky to be one
Of the creatures bathed in golden light
When Christ was born on Christmas night!
Friend 1971

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Christmas Stars

Stars in the winter sky,
Stars in the Christmas tree,
Stars in the Christmas lights
Twinkle joyously.
Stars on the paper wrappings,
Stars in the cookie dough,
Stars shaped for candles—
And stars in eyes that glow
With happy expectation
And joy that Christ’s own star
Still is a shining beacon
For glad hearts near and far.
by Solveig Paulson Russell
Friend 1971

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ISAIAH PROHESIES OF THE SAVIOR

And he also spake concerning the prophets, how great a number had testified . . . concerning this Messiah, . . . this Redeemer of the world (1 Nephi 10:5).

Great are the words of Isaiah.”*

These words of the Savior to the Nephites tell us just how important Isaiah’s prophecies are to us, too. Isaiah, a prophet who lived over seven hundred years before Jesus Christ, told how we should live our lives by having faith in Him and by obeying His commandments.†

Because the Savior had not yet come to live on the earth, Isaiah told of His birth, His ministry here, and His death and resurrection:

“For unto us a child is born, . . . and his name shall be called Wonderful,  counsellor, The mighty God. . . .

“[He will be] a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy . . . , a refuge from the storm. . . . “He [will be] despised and rejected of men; . . . taken from prison and from judgment: . . . for the transgression of my people [will he be] stricken. . . .
“He will swallow up death in victory.”‡
Isaiah also told about the Second Coming
of Jesus Christ:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that
. . . the Lord’s house shall be established in the top
of the mountains, . . . and all nations shall flow unto
it. . . .

“And he shall judge among the nations, and . . . nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. . . . “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid[,] and the  calf and the young lion . . .; and a little child shall lead them. . . . “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord. . . . “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces. . . .  “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God;. . . we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
“Now therefore, . . . saith the Lord, . . . my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak.”**
As we study the words of the prophets and do our best to live the gospel, we, too, look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. As we hear the gospel from our parents and teachers, and as we study the scriptures and listen to our living prophets, we can say with Isaiah, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that .

STRING PICTURE By Holly Dougherty

Instructions

1. Cut a piece of poster board 11” x 14” (28 cm x 35.6 cm). Draw a line 3/4” (2 cm) from the edge of the long sides on both the top and the bottom. Mark places for six holes on each line 2” (5 cm) apart so that they line up from the top to the bottom; punch the holes (see illustration).

2. Cut six pieces of string 24” (61 cm) long. Thread a piece of string through a top and a corresponding bottom hole, tie taut, and trim ends. Repeat this procedure with the remaining strings (see illustration). Pull the knots to the bottom holes.

3. Cut a piece of poster board 5 1/2” x 14” (14 cm x 35.6 cm). Tape three outside edges of this poster board over the bottom of the strings poster
board (unknotted side) to form a pocket over the strings (see illustration). Print “Isaiah Prophecies of the Savior” on the pocket.

4. Mount this page on heavy paper, and cut out the pictures. Tape the back of each picture to the corresponding numbered string so that each shows above the pocket (see illustration).

5. Lower the pictures behind the pocket by raising the string knots on the back. Pull each picture into view as you retell “Isaiah Prophesies of the Savior”

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Christmas Coupons

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Sweet Little Baby

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Sweet little Baby
Resting in the hay,
Do You know why shepherds come
To worship You today?
Sweet little Baby,
While Mary hummed to Thee,
Angels sang out “Gloria!”
O’er flock and field and tree.
Sweet little Baby
Peaceful in the night,

Shepherds ran here breathless
To see this wondrous sight.
Sweet little Baby
Wrapped up snug and tight,
You set them free from fear and death
By being born tonight.
Sweet little Baby
Smiling at these men,
In time, You’ll be their Shepherd
To guide them home again.

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The Gifts of the Savior

Christmas is a wonderful time of friendliness, caring, and love. It is a time when all the world rejoices. It is a time of service and the giving of gifts.

The gifts of the Savior were precious and rare. He blessed the blind to see, the deaf to hear, and the lame to walk. He gave light in place of darkness, forgiveness to the repentant, and hope to the despairing.

This is a season of the year when we can bring gifts of joy and happiness to others. Like the Savior, we can visit the sick, give to the poor, and cheer the lonely.

At this time of remembrance and gratitude, we testify that Jesus Christ was born into the world as our Savior and Friend. We witness that He lives.

May our Heavenly Father bless children everywhere with the peace that comes through the gift of His Son.

With love,

The First Presidency

 

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The Nativity Song

1. These are the new stars shining so bright,
Lighting the world on that first Christmas night.


2. This is the angel proclaiming the birth,
Singing, “Hosanna!” and “Peace on the earth!”

3. This is the stable—shelter so bare;
Cattle and oxen first welcomed Christ there.


4. This is the manger—sweet hay for a bed—
Waiting for Jesus to cradle His head.

5. These are the shepherds, humble and mild,
Hast’ning to worship the newborn Christ Child.

6. These are the wise men who followed the star,
with frankincense, gold, and myrrh brought from afar.

7. See the sweet mother, Mary so fair,
And Joseph, guiding the donkey with care.

8. See the dear Baby of Bethlehem,
Little Lord Jesus, the Savior of men.

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