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

The Christmas Spirit visited our house for a couple of years before our eldest child was old enough to learn about Santa. 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 in things.

That year, just before the holiday season began, I visited with him in private. Love speaks with increased power. Here are six personal stories leaders have shared in past Christmas devotionals. Maybe we were just finally having some fun, or maybe it was the Christmas spirit starting to break through the sadness. Tensions Whatever it was, I remember it was fun and it felt good. As the days continued, more and more presents, treats, and dinners continued to arrive. I told him that I was working on a very special Christmas surprise

This spirit of Christmas—or Christmas spirit, said another way—is something I would hope every student of Brigham Young University would have within his heart and within his life, not only at this particular season but throughout the year. In the annual Christmas devotional for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, church leaders share stories of gratitude and love to evoke the Christmas spirit. Hearts are opened to a new measure of kindness. There is a magic in Christmas. When we have the spirit of Christmas, we remember Him whose birth we commemorate at this season of the year: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” ( Luke 2:11 ). The spirit of Christmas is something I hope all of us would have in our hearts and lives —not only at this particular season but also throughout the year. 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.

These Christmas quotes are from leaders of the LDS (Mormon) Church which help us remember that Christ is the reason for the season.