As Stu and I put together our ideas for Christmas gifts this year, we found it really difficult to come up with even just 5 things that we felt we wanted for Christmas. It wasn't that we don't want things, it was more that we don't need anything. Originally, we decided we would be thrifty in our gifts to each other enforcing a price limit because we've been trying to save for a house. Then we went shopping for our families and had such a fun time trying to figure out what we could give them to make them light up on Christmas morning. In my family, it was kind of a quest to see who gave who the best gift, or the best reaction from the gift. Giving is the best part of Christmas! So in the end we decided that we wouldn't buy any gifts for each other and put the money toward helping a family in need this season. We just couldn't help but think of the families in our ward that are facing so many hardships this year, and we were just so excited at the idea of making their Christmas! So we went out late one night with two of my sisters and bought lots of fun goodies and a gift card for groceries.
President Monson said that to feel the real spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable and it becomes the Spirit of Christ. That was what we wanted to emphasize this year as we celebrated our first Christmas together. By spreading love and finding ways to serve others, we found a way to fill our home with the real Christmas spirit.
We pray that we may always strive to find this feeling in our lives, not just during this holiday season, and that we may try to emulate the love of our Savior through small, kind acts of service.