Too often our Christmas season is filled with such questions as “What do you want for Christmas?” or “What do you mean it is sold out?” or “Did decorating the tree take this long last year?” only to find that when the season has come and gone a more vital question remains: “Is that all there is to Christmas?”
In Shepherds, Why This Jubilee? Elder Jeffrey R. Holland celebrates the Christmas season and spirit by focusing on the birth and life of Jesus Christ — the true meaning of Christmas. In three essays, Elder Holland traces the path of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and sheds new light on familiar scriptures. He reflects on the sweet refrains of the carols and hymns that so eloquently recall the glorious first Christmas night, and he shares his own personal stories and memories of Christmas to testify of his deep feelings about Jesus Christ.
When details overwhelm the holiday spirit, Elder Holland reminds us to remember why the shepherds were so joyful — because “in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” was born beneath a shining star. He reminds us that Jesus Christ is the answer to all our questions and the source of all our jubilee.
I make it a point to read this every holiday season. This is a quick, inspirational read which will add to your holiday season.
What better way to start the Christmas season than to read the words of one of those who have been called to testify of Him whose birth we celebrate at Christmas! This book is excellent. Having been a person who dreads the thought of the Christmas Season due to all the retail hype, this book reminded me of the true meaning of Christmas. May all who read this understand and remember that Christmas is a special time of year and that gifts, trees and holly do not make the holiday. But if we focus on the Saviors life and mission, we will find true peace and happiness during this most wonderful time of the year.