Rebounding during the Christmas season from a recent illness, President Ezra Taft Benson has regained strength and resumed part of his schedule.
He expressed appreciation for the prayers of members in behalf of him and Sister Benson, and for the many Christmas cards and notes they have received from all over the world.In the past few weeks President Benson attended the First Presidency meeting and the temple meeting of the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve.
The Bensons' plans for Christmas include visiting their children's homes Christmas Eve for caroling and music, and Christmas Day for a traditional observance and meal.
In Christmases past, the Bensons observed a number of family traditions, including stuffing stockings and ringing bobsled bells to signify that Santa Claus had come. Later, their family tradition broadened to include singing and even Christmas firesides with up to a hundred young people crowding in the Benson home.
In recent years, they have enjoyed most of the holidays at the homes of their children.
A comment President Benson made in a Christmas address of 1988 seems to sum up his feelings of the season:
"Perhaps one of the greatest blessings of this wonderful Christmas season we celebrate is that it increases our sensitivity to things spiritual. . . .
"It prompts us to be more tolerant and giving, more conscious of others, more generous and genuine, more filled with hope and charity and love - all Christlike attributes. No wonder the spirit of Christmas touches the hearts of people the world over. Because at least for a time, increased attention and devotion are turned toward our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." (President Ezra Taft Benson Remembers the Joys of Christmas, p. 13)