Mormon Holiday Celebrations 2007
Walkerton, Ontario: The local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as the “Mormons“) sponsors an annual nativity scene display at the local meetinghouse. The event began six years ago with 73 scenes and has become one of the world’s largest non-commercial nativity collections, this year featuring 2000 nativity scenes. The response from the community has been overwhelmingly supportive. Nativity scenes representing a plethora of cultures and sent from all over Ontario and even the United States were on display for the 11-day event.
“In all the commercial voices that surround Christmas, something special is happening here,” said Flora Nabrotzky to the Toronto Star. “People are finding this soothing to their souls, and it’s such a tribute to the community to have this happen right here.”
I have not attended this particular nativity display, but our stake in Salt Lake City used to host a similar (much smaller) event. Walking among all the many representations of our Savior’s birth is one of the most peaceful activities I have experienced. Such an event is one not to be missed during the holiday season.
MSNBC: The network’s listing of “trees, lights, and marvelous displays” around the United States this holiday season includes the display at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a display that I highly recommend to anyone who has a chance to visit it. The lights are always spectacular, and the feeling of peace there is second to none – particularly as you walk by the Christus statue with His arms outstretched, and view the nativity display. What a beautiful way to celebrate the Christmas season.
Holladay, Utah: An interfaith Thanksgiving service was held in an LDS stake center on November 18. Representatives from the Jewish, Lutheran, and Mormon communities participated; about 500 people were in attendance. This kind of interfaith gathering reminds us that all of us, regardless of specific religious beliefs, have much to be grateful for.
Around the United States: Several Mormon individuals are spotlighted at the www.lds.org newsroom for their efforts in helping the needy during this holiday season. Among those listed are two Mormons in Huntsville, Alabama who contributed to a mural at the Salvation Army depicting Christ feeding the 5000. Others have contributed to community projects such as knitting winter hats, collecting food and funds for local food banks, and assembling care packages for military personnel serving in Iraq.