Question: What two things did the Joesph Fielding Smith family look forward to at Christmas time?
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Amelia, daughter of Pres. Joseph Fielding Smith, shared two of her favorite family Christmas enjoyments. She recalls:
“At Christmas father might tell us stories about when he was a little boy. Father and Mother saw that each of their children got an orange and an apple a candy cane and maybe some other little candy in their stockings. Oranges were a special treat. The only time we got oranges ordinarily was when somebody got sick, and then dad thought that oranges were good medicine, when you were sick, and then he’d sit and peel the orange, and feed us one section at a time. Father made sure that we ate it.
Music was a part of our Christmas celebrations. Father liked good music. And one of the first Christmases I can remember was when he got… some records and he’d play them, and then he’d dance around. We had this old Victrola that had to wind up this way to play. Dad would dance to the music, if it was a march he’d march around, if it was a dance, he’d he d do a little jig, things like that. As Christmas came to a close, the family would gather together and sing. We sang Christmas carols and we sang hymns… then he’d say well alright now it’s time to go to bed and so he’d shew us up to bed.”
Two incredibly simple things that left unforgettable impressions. Challenge: Include a special, one time a year treat into your celebrations.
Taken from: Larry C. Porter, “Remembering Christmas Past Presidents of the Church Celebrate the Birth of the Son of Man and Remember His Servant Joseph Smith”, p. 43-44.