“Christmas is not about getting gifts, but about remembering the Savior, Jesus Christ, and honoring His gift to us.

“Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than things.

“To catch the real meaning of the “spirit of Christmas,” we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the “Spirit of Christ.”

— Thomas S. Monson, “The Best Christmas Ever

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Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of Jesus Christ and, since 2008, has been the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Read more quotations from Thomas S. Monson about Christmas at thomasmonson.com.