We all know that Christ's real birthday was in April. I have this theory that Christmas is celebrated after Thanksgiving for a good reason. The need for gratitude and thanksgiving, for our Savior and the many wonderful gifts we all have but often forget.
Here are some thoughts of the season.
"The United States Post Office dead-letter department receives annually thousands and thousands of children's pre-Christmas letters addressed to Santa Claus asking for things. After it was all over one year, a single, solitary letter thanking Santa Clause was received. Could this be on of the problems of this troubled world; that people thing only of getting -- not giving? Of receiving -- and not even expressing their gratitude for that which they do receive?
-- President Thomas S. Monson, Pathway to Perfection, pp. 254-255
"Don't be mad if you don't get the things you want . . . just think of the things that you don't get that you don't want."
"People who complain that they don't get all they deserve should congratulate themselves."
--The Irish Digest
--"And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him. Doctrine & Covenants 78:19
"Cultivate a spirit of thanskgiving for the blessing of life." --Gordon B, Hinckley
"Gratitude is the sign of noble souls"--Aesop
"The depth of our gratitude is the depth of our understanding."
"The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate yourself." --Dale Carnegie
I wish you all a warm and happy Christmas full of a heart of gratitude to our Savior!