The familiar family traditions that we all look forward to at Christmastime are important to the overall celebration of this special holiday. I love the secular traditions, yet still understand the vaste importance of the religious ones. So, when I came across the following article, I fell in love with these two quotes:
“Of all holidays there is none that enters so fully into the human heart, and stirs so many of the higher sentiments. The thoughts, memories, hopes, and customs linked with it are bound by antiquity and nationality collectively; and by childhood and old age individually. They embrace the religious, social, and patriotic sides of our nature. The holly and mistletoe entwined among the evergreens, the habit of giving gifts to those we love, the presence of the Christmas tree, the superstition of Santa Claus, all combining to make Christmas the most longed-for, the most universal, and from every standpoint, the most important holiday known to man” (Clarence Baird, “The Spirit of Christmas,” Improvement Era, Dec. 1919, 154).
"If you desire to find the true spirit of Christmas and partake of the sweetness of it, let me make this suggestion to you. During the hurry of the festive occasion of this Christmas season, find time to turn your heart to God. Perhaps in the quiet hours, and in a quiet place, and on your knees—alone or with loved ones—give thanks for the good things that have come to you, and ask that His Spirit might dwell in you as you earnestly strive to serve Him and keep His commandments. He will take you by the hand and His promises will be kept."
To read the full article, go to Howard W. Hunter, “The Real Christmas,” Ensign, Dec 2005, 22–25