lds Christmas quote #3 - He is the center of it all

I love this quote, especially how it alludes to the true reason we celebrate Christmas. A lot of things have been added, but it when you strip all of that away, it is about Him. 

I love taking things and relating them to the gospel! Here are 5 symbols that you wouldn’t think of as being religious, accompanied with their tie ins. 

And please don’t think that I am saying the Savior to a mere reindeer, etc, because He and all the other gospel symbols are so much more powerful than that. I’m doing the reverse, showing how contemporary symbols of Christmas can be tied in to gospel ideas. 
1. Rudolph

Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

This Christmas song tells the story of a very mistreated reindeer. The reindeer teased him. They laughed at him. Oh, and they didn’t let play any reindeer games. Must have been tough. And why? All because he was different.

This faintly reminds me of the Savior’s experience. He is the only begotten son, the only one who could die for us, live again, and save us from our sins.

As they say, He is the light of the world. The light isn’t a light coming from a red nose, but it is bright, it shines in the darkness, and it can help us get to our heavenly home.

2. Candy Cane
“Look at the candy cane. What do you see? Stripes that are red, like the blood shed for me. White is for my Savior, sinless and pure. ‘J’ is for Jesus, my Lord, that’s for sure! Turn it around and a staff you’ll see. Jesus is my Shepherd, was born for me.”

Ok. I kind of hate that poem, but it does prove the point! The reason I strongly dislike it is that the grammar is all over the place... you can’t just say, “is my Shepherd, was born for me.” And 50K people have made their own little printables without giving any credit to whoever wrote it ... whoever it was... but it’s fine. I shall calmly contain my rage! ðŸ˜‡

The candy cane looks similar to a shepherd’s staff, reminding us of the Savior this holiday is all about. He is the good shepherd because He will - and does - leave the 99 to find the 1, pick us up on His shoulders and safely carry us home. I made a gift idea about it here.

3. Elves

“I’m part of prep and landing, an elite unit of elves getting houses ready, around the world, for the big guy’s arrival.” 

Y’all! Prep and landing! I originally got this idea from when I really thought about it more in detail and explained it in depth on the blog post here. Basically, I realized that Prep and Landing is SUCH a gospel metaphor, and the plot is sooo similar to “The Best Two Years.” If you haven’t seen either one, stay with me.

There are two elves - Wayne and Lenny - in this movie. Lenny is an excited newcomer, but he’s dumb (“This isn’t the language they taught me at the MTC!” Right?) Wayne is tired of his job. (Lenny: Don’t you even care? Wayne: I’ve been working Prep and Landing 227 years. Believe me, the thrill is gone.” He’s been out in the field for the while! And his responsibility has lost its spark.

But through an experience he realizes why they do what they do, the Christmas spirit returns, and he joyfully returns to his noble duties. I love both of these movies sooo much! Again, check out this analogy more explained on my FHE blog post here!! 

4. Christmas tree

“Your boughs so green in summertime
Stay bravely green in wintertime
O christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches.”

The other day, my brother asked me, “why do some trees’ leaves fall but others stay all year?” I smiled, and pointed to several trees in our yard. “There are deciduous trees, and coniferous leaves. I can’t exactly remember why... but... the deciduous ones shed their leaves, and the coniferous ones keep theirs long after the deciduous trees’ leaves have fallen away.” This reminded me of the doctrine of eternal marriage - just as a evergreen tree continues to have its green pine needles throughout the whole year, celestial marriages last so much longer than “until death do you part.” 

5. Christmas cookies

“Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven." 
— Yiddish proverb

So how is she gonna tie this one in? hahaha just you wait. Ok. 

So there’s the dough, and what do you do with it next? You roll it out and then cut out the cookies.

Jeremiah 18:6 tells us, “Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand.” While the Lord is specifically talking to the House of Israel here, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t apply to us as a metaphor. 

He is in the details in our lives, and the circumstances we are given, these refiners fires, allow us to grow closer to God and what He wants us to become.

Yay! That’s it for this week! Hope y’all have a great weekend and think about how to tie in the symbols of Christmas. If you come up with any more fun ones, let me know! ;)

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