Good Tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Saviors Birth by Eric D. HuntsmanReading this book added so much to my feeling the true spirit of Christmas. Huntsman first gave a very good history of the celebration of Christmas, starting with the very early Christians who did not celebrate Christmas at all, down through the years as Christians started to commemorate the birth of the Savior, and adopted the date of December 25th which was the same date the peoples that they were living among had been celebrating pagan holidays. Even then, Christmas was not a big holiday, and did not really become one until the 19th Century when the Victorians in England and the United States adopted it as a festive family holiday. Huntsman suggested that Latter Day Saints could celebrate Advent even though the church does not formally suggest so doing. He divides his book into 4 weeks of preparation for Christmas, giving scriptural accounts from what he calls the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke, suggestions for hymns and other songs that add to the rich spiritual meaning and devotion of an advent Christmas. He gives personal experiences of his familys celebration of Christmas that could be adopted by readers. One of the most important things he emphasizes is that if it werent for the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ, that is commemorated at Easter, Christmas would be just another day. The important thing about the birth of the Savior is that he came to earth to do the the will of His Father, which was to live and die for us, and thus open the door for salvation and eternal life! Thus our Christmas celebration should not end with the close of the day on December 25th, but should go on to every day of the year! Even if the reader does not literally prepare and use the lighting of candles in an advent wreath each week before Christmas, the reading of this very spiritual book is bound to increase love and appreciation for Jesus Christ, and a more meaningful celebration of Christmas.
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Eric D. Cast as enemies and surrounded by the weapons of war, they chose to celebrate together the birth of Jesus Christ. There are landmines a plenty in any serious consideration of Christmas, but Huntsman manages to avoid them and focus on celebrating the Christ child. But somehow, he manages to pull it off. The appendices include a more technical analysis of Luke and Matthew, materials for daily devotionals in December, and a personal narrative about addressing special needs at Christmas.
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