On the KSL 10 p.m. news, they talked about stores setting out Christmas displays already. The focus was all on the buying and the getting. Where has the sacredness of this holiday gone?
I never have liked the secular Christmas music. But the Christmas recordings by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir usually find their way into my speakers fairly early. For a number of years my family and I have not exchanged gifts at Christmas. We spend time together attending concerts by the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, performances of Handel's "Messiah," etc. We have tried as a family to put more of the emphasis on Christ. It leads to much less stress. So many people are stressed out by shopping. For our family, the meaning of Christmas is found in late night church services as the organ and congregation begin to sing "O Come All Ye Faithful."
I encourage people to remember the real reason for Christmas: The advent of Jesus Christ into the world.
Salt Lake City