Links to Advent Calendars that have appeared in the Friend over the years.
By Way of Invitation [offsite link]
The Wise Men sought the Savior. We are invited to do the same. How do we find the way? A 1992 talk by Betty Jo N. Jepsen, who was the first counselor in the Primary Presidency.
Christmas Ornaments Tell Our Family's Story
Ragged, handmade, or chipped and fading--our old Christmas tree ornaments, used year after year, create a tradition of far more worth than a new, fancy-schmancy color-coordinated tree each year ever could. Add meaning to the Christmas season: keep your ornaments' stories--and they'll tell yours!
Crafts, games and activities with a Christmas theme.
Christmas Miracle Without Money
No other day is quite like Christmas, no other holiday quite so special. With all our good wishes and great intentions, sometimes we just can't give our kids exactly what we'd like. Here is hope for those years when there is no money for gifts under the tree…when maybe there's not even a tree.
Stories filled with Christmas spirit, usually from the church publications
Christmas Traditions can keep the spirit in your holiday
FHE - Joseph, Chosen to Raise God´s Son
Who was Joseph? This FHE lesson is designed to help your family appreciate the man God chose to raise His son. It also helps children see ways to appreciate their own earthly and Heavenly Father.
FHE - Walk in the Light
The second of two family home evening lessons on the Wise Men. This lesson presents a spiritual application concerning our own invitation to go to the Savior. Based on a talk by Betty Jo N. Jepsen.
FHE - Exceeding Great Joy
This year´s installment of the Nativity Family Home Evening series features the star.
FHE - Mary and Joseph
Year three of our annual Nativity Family Home Evening series explores how Mary and Joseph accepted a tremendous challenge when they agreed to raise God´s child. How can we apply this lesson of courage and faith in times of challenge to our own lives?
FHE - Shepherds
Suggestions for creating a family home evening about shepherds, including a personal application for becoming modern-day shepherds.
FHE - The Angel Gabriel and Missionary Work
The angel Gabriel taught about the Savior. We have the same responsibility in our own lives.
Gift Ideas from the Grocery Store
We spend a lot of time at the grocery store, especially during the holidays. Here are some fun gift ideas you can pick up while you're grabbing an extra gallon of milk.
New Thoughts on the Innkeeper
Was the Nativity's innkeeper a hard-hearted lout who turned away a young woman in her plight? An understanding of Jewish religion and history may change your opinion.
Santa Claus in LDS Homes
Can we enjoy Santa without causing our children to feel they were lied to? How our family coped with, and enjoyed, Santa.
The Birth of Jesus Christ [offsite link]
This lesson is taught to the Sunbeams in the Nursery and the three-year-old class. Perfect for your littlest children.
Tips for a Homemade Christmas
Here are some tips for helping your children learn to create and enjoy homemade Christmas gifts.
Who Is Joseph?
This is an essay on Joseph, the man selected by Heavenly Father to raise His Only Begotten Son.
Links to articles, stories, pictures and activities based on the Wise Men in the Christmas story.
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