Purpose: This special Family Home Evening is to focus on "GIVING" our gift to our Savior who's birth we celebrate at Christmas time.
Often times we can get lost in the shuffle of Christmas parties, festivals, shopping, wrapping and forgot to even consider what gift we want to give to Christ - the REASON for this SEASON.
Hymn: "O Holy Night" (See YouTube video link below)
Scripture: Doc & Cov 59: 7 & 8
The Purple Box
by: Jill Hunt
What a year this has been from beginning,
to this very end.
What lessons I have learned - good and bad,
increasing the faith that I have had.
The gifts I give this season,
wrapped under the tree -
Will only last this lifetime,
unlike this gift I give to Thee.
The purpose of The Purple Box™ is to focus
your thoughts on giving a gift to our Savior,
Jesus Christ. It is His birth we celebrate this
season. While so many wonderful traditions
come with this season, find time to start this
new tradition of finding personal time to
think of a gift you’d love to give your Savior.
Write it down, place in the Purple Box and
keep it under the tree. Find time throughout
the year to reflect on how well you’re doing
with this gift.
1. What are some ways in which we can focus more on the Savior this Christmas?
2. We receive blessings throughout the year... what are some of the blessings/gifts we have received this year?
Activity: *2- part activity
Part #1: Create Your Purple Box
Materials: box, purple paint, paint brush, ribbon, scissors
Obtain the box that you would like to paint, or cover with scrapbook paper for your color purple. You can have a small box for each member of the family or have one box for the entire family.
Let these dry as you each work on Part #2.
Part#2: The Purple Box Stationary
Print out "The Purple Box" stationary and write what gift(s) you would like to give the Savior this year on Christmas.
Place inside your Purple Box. Then place the Purple Box under the Christmas tree.
These will be packed away in the Christmas decorations until next year. When you pull out your Purple Boxes the following Christmas, you can look over your letters and see how well you did at the gift you gave to Christ. Keep these as family keepsakes/journals.
Repeat "The Purple Box" each year as a new family tradition.
Sharing "The Purple Box" With Your Neighbors, Family & Friends...
You can use the poem "The Purple Box" and create purple boxes to give as gifts for your neighbors, family and friends so that they can take part in this new tradition.
"The Purple Box" Stationary:
Share "The Purple Box" --- Printables to share with friends, neighbors or family.
Purpose: To reflect on the true meaning of celebrating Christmas, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Song: “Away In A Manager”
Scripture: Luke 2: 1-14
Young Children~ Print & Use this with the Christmas Story. *Manger Cut Out
Tweens~ Print & Use Nativity Matching Game
Teens, Groups, Couples,Individuals~
What Is Christmas?
Christmas is prophecy fulfilled. On the eve of His birth, the voice of the Lord came unto Nephi, saying, “Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.”
What did the holy prophets of old declare? Isaiah, more than 700 years before the birth of Christ, prophesied, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
On the American continent, King Benjamin said, “For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent … shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay. … He shall suffer temptations, and pain. … And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.”
Then came that night of nights when the shepherds were abiding in the fields and the angel of the Lord appeared to them, announcing: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. … For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
The shepherds with haste went to the manger to pay honor to Christ the Lord. Later, wise men journeyed from the East to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. … When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
Since that time, the spirit of giving gifts has been present in the mind of each Christian as he or she commemorates the Christmas season. Our Heavenly Father gave to us His Son, Jesus Christ. That precious Son gave to us His life, the Atonement, and victory over the grave.
What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps. It was said of Him that He “went about doing good.” As we do likewise, the Christmas spirit will be ours. ~President Thomas S. Monson
Story: “Maybe Christmas Doesn’t Come From A Store” ~ Elder Jeffery R. Holland
Young Children~ Coloring Pages
Make your Own Manger ~ From LDS.org
The Christmas Story ~ From LDS.org
Meaning Of Christmas Decorations~ from LDS.org
Want an activity for the older children? Have them observe Christmas decorations around the house or around the neighborhood and write down the decorations they see and what they think each of them symbolize. Compare the lists and talk about their meanings.
Bells: Sheep bells
Candy canes: Shepherd’s staff
Lights, candles, star: The star that appeared on the night of Jesus’ birth
Holly: The crown of thorns
Evergreen tree: Eternal life
Green, ivy: Life and hope
Red, holly berries: The blood of Christ
Beautiful Videos from LDS.org to Help Aid in the Spirit and Testimony of Christmas
The Holy Ghost is perhaps the most under-estimated power that members of the church receive after baptism and is a gift to those who can remain worthy of its constant influence throughout our day-to-day lives.
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead.
President Gordan B. Hinckley said, “The Holy Ghost stands as the third member of the Godhead, the Comforter promised by the Savior who would teach His followers all things and bring all things to their remembrance, whatsoever He had said unto them (see John 14:26). The Holy Ghost is the Testifier of Truth, who can teach men things they cannot teach one another. In those great and challenging words of Moroni, a knowledge of the truth of the Book of Mormon is promised “by the power of the Holy Ghost.” Moroni then declares, “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moro. 10:4–5). I believe this power, this gift, is available to us today.” (Gen. Conference, April 1986)
Elder Joseph B. Worthlin taught, “In the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord calls the gift of the Holy Ghost “the unspeakable gift.” It is the source of testimony and spiritual gifts. It enlightens minds, fills our souls with joy, teaches us all things, and brings forgotten knowledge to our remembrance. The Holy Ghost also “will show unto [us] all things what [we] should do.” (“The Unspeakable Gift” Ensign, May 2003)
The prophets have always made an effort to help teach us how the Holy Ghost works within us. Another example by an ancient prophet is found in Alma 32.
Alma, teaching the poor people who were not allowed to attend the churches they helped construct– he wanted to give them a lesson on faith. During this lesson on faith, Alma also helps us know how to recognize the some of the aspects of the Holy Ghost so that we can recognize those feelings and know where they come from.
Alma teaches:It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding; yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me. (Alma 32:28)
1. What are some ways that you have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost?
2. Why do you think the Holy Ghost is referred to as the “Unspeakable Gift?”
3. What are the three ways Alma teaches us about being able to recognizing the Holy Ghost?
Scripture: John 14:26
Song: “Let the Holy Spirit Guide”
Option A: Inside a room, turn out all the lights. Find a single lamp to turn on and talk about how the light gives off warmth, helps us to see and provides a beacon in the darkness. (Great for young children who understand turning lights off and on)
Option B: Blindfold a member of the family or FHE group. Assign two other people to lead them around the home, outside and so on. One leader acts as the Holy Ghost–giving right directions and the other acts as the adversary–giving wrong directions. Allow the blindfolded person to rely on their own choices on who to follow. Talk about how important it is to listen to the small voice of the Holy Ghost and how easy it is to drown out the righteous help He tries to offer.
Opening Song: “Love at Home,” pg. 294 of Hymn Book
David O. McKay: “The home is the first and most effective place for children to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self-control; the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of the home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
Scripture: Mosiah 4:14
Read “A Family Night,” pg. 74 of Family Home Evening Resource Book
1 John 4:7
As families turn to Heavenly Father in prayer they can be filled with His love and ability to love others unconditionally just as Jesus did.
Make a chart with a heart in the middle that says “Love One Another.” Then make sunshine rays all around it. Each time a family member shows love color in the ray and write down what they did.
Elder Bruce Hafen: “Love is nowhere more potent or more significant than in marriage and family life.”
Elder Neal A Maxwell: “It is in family wherein we can learn, first and best, about love, taking turns, negotiating, and restraining selfishness…it is the most efficient means for producing human happiness and human goodness…the places where God’s extraordinary work is most often done by ordinary people.”(both from the Strengthening Our Families)
JUST A NOTE:
Welcome to Family Home Evenings! So glad you're here and hope that you find the lesson you need for your family or group!