Sharing Christmas: Stories for the Season (Hardcover)
What Christmas would be complete without a story to share? This heartwarming collection of stories for the season offers many of the best Christmas stories ever told — from stories of the first Christmas to classic favorites and true stories of Christmases past and present. Stories of love, caring, and giving are told by authors such as Gordon B. Hinckley, Gene R. Cook, George Durrant, Emily Watts, Ann Edwards Cannon, Marilyn Arnold, Lael Littke, and Richard Siddoway.
Brimming with the joy and anticipation of Christmas, this collection of more than 40 best-loved Christmas stories shares the tender moments of human kindness that transcend our everyday living and bring us closer to him whose birth we remember each year at Christmastime. Filled with beautiful vintage illustrations, Sharing Christmas is a perfect holiday keepsake.
- Pages: 128
About the Author
President Spencer W. Kimball
Christmastime is a glorious time of happy friendliness and unselfish sacrifice; a time of increased hospitality, devotion, and love; a time of the subduing of selfish impulses; a time of renewing friendships, cementing loosening ties, and the swelling of the heart. It transcends the individual, the family, the community, the nation; it approaches the universal, crosses borders, and touches many nations of the earth. Our caroling voices sing the sweet songs of Christmas reminiscent somewhat of the host of heavenly angelic voices in the long ago, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
We set up the evergreen tree with its gleaming, brightly colored lights; we hang wreaths and bells; and we light candles—all to remind us of that wondrous gift, the coming of our Lord into the world of mortality.
We send Christmas cards to numerous friends and relatives, pulling back into happy memories the loved ones who have moved out of our immediate association. Like the wise men who opened their treasury and presented to Jesus gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh, we present to our loved ones things to eat and wear and enjoy.
Though we make an effort to follow the pattern of gift giving, sometimes our program becomes an exchange—gift given for gift expected. Never did the Savior give in expectation. I know of no case in his life in which there was an exchange. He was always the giver, seldom the recipient. Never did he give shoes, hose, or a vehicle; never did he give perfume, a shirt, or a fur wrap. His gifts were of such a nature that the recipient could hardly exchange or return the value. His gifts were rare ones: eyes to the blind, ears to the deaf, and legs to the lame; cleanliness to the unclean, wholeness to the infirm, and breath to the lifeless. His gifts were opportunity to the down—trodden, freedom to the oppressed, light in the darkness, forgiveness to the repentant, hope to the despairing. His friends gave him shelter, food, and love. He gave them of himself, his love, his service, his life. The wise men brought him gold and frankincense. He gave them and all their fellow mortals resurrection, salvation, and eternal life. We should
strive to give as he gave. To give of oneself is a holy gift.
Beautiful book but dull stories
by Customer - reviewed on January 04, 2011
Our family loves reading Christmas stories every night in December, but this book was our least favorite of all time. Most of the "stories" are reminiscing a Christmas that was special to the author but with little plot or inspiration for the reader. There are a lot better collections out there (unless you want to buy it for the illustrations, which are beautiful.)
Great Stories and Fun Illustrations
by Roger - reviewed on November 02, 2008
I wanted a nice collection of Christmas stories to read with my family this year. This is a great one because you get classics like Gift of the Magi, the Other Wise Man, and the Little Match Girl. I also look forward to reading the stories from Presidents Hinckley and Kimball. The illustrations are classis as well. My plan is to read a story a day until Christmas.
A Christmas Tradition
by Linda - reviewed on November 24, 2008
Looking forward to reading a story each day with my family up until Christmas. Love the stories it offers.
by Connie - reviewed on November 29, 2009
This book has wonderful stories and poems, and beautiful artwork. A treasure for always!