Christmas Day – Luke 2

The Gospel According to St Luke Chapter 2 1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, … Continue reading Christmas Day – Luke 2

Christmas Eve – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

  'Twas the Night Before Christmas or A Visit from St. Nicholas by: Clement Clarke Moore       'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The … Continue reading Christmas Eve – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 23rd – A Christmas Carol (Dickens)

This is a Christmas classic that can't be ignored. Just as Scrooge learned, when our time comes we will be more concerned about the people that we helped, rather than the money that we made or the time spent at the office. So let's remember that this Christmas season as well. It's not about how … Continue reading December 23rd – A Christmas Carol (Dickens)

December 22nd – The Mansion

This is one of the three stories that Thomas S. Monson, someone I look up to, always reads during Christmas time, along with Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and the second chapter of St. Luke. It's a touching story that reminds us that what matters most is not the things that we get, but the people that … Continue reading December 22nd – The Mansion

December 19th – In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter by: Christina Rossetti In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago. Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall flee away when … Continue reading December 19th – In the Bleak Midwinter

December 18th – Old Santeclaus with Much Delight

Old Santeclaus with Much Delight (with original illustrations) Author Unknown Old SANTECLAUS with much delight His reindeer drives this frosty night, O’r chimney tops, and tracts of snow, To bring his yearly gifts to you. The steady friend of virtuous youth, The friend of duty, and of truth, Each Christmas eve he joys to come … Continue reading December 18th – Old Santeclaus with Much Delight

The Other Wise Man – by Henry Van Dyke (Full Story)

THE STORY OF OTHER WISE MAN. by: Henry Van Dyke Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul, May keep the path, but will not reach the goal; While he who walks in love may wander far, Yet God will bring him where the blessed are. You know the story of the Three Wise … Continue reading The Other Wise Man – by Henry Van Dyke (Full Story)

December 14th – The Other Wise Man

The story of "The Other Wise Man" by Henry Van Dyke is one of my favorites for Christmastime as it turns on the principles taught in Matthew 25:40 that we should serve our fellow men and women. And isn't that what Christmas is all about? It is fairly long though and so I have just … Continue reading December 14th – The Other Wise Man

December 13th – Minstrels

Minstrels by: William Wordsworth The minstrels played their Christmas tune To-night beneath my cottage-eaves; While, smitten by a lofty moon, The encircling laurels, thick with leaves, Gave back a rich and dazzling sheen, That overpowered their natural green. Through hill and valley every breeze Had sunk to rest with folded wings: Keen was the air, … Continue reading December 13th – Minstrels

December 12th – Harry Potter

In celebration of Charlie Weasley's birthday today I've decided to include Harry Potter (and the Sorcerer's Stone, specifically) in our 25 Days of Christmas Reading list! Yes, I know, it's not technically a Christmas story. But hey, it feels Christmasy. Maybe it's the snow covered castle, or the twelve trees Hagrid brings into the Great … Continue reading December 12th – Harry Potter