Special Feature

All Hail to Christmas: Mormon Pioneer Holiday Celebrations
December 20, 2018
Special Feature
All Hail to Christmas: Mormon Pioneer Holiday Celebrations
Author Richard I. Kimball

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Richard I. Kimball that was published in issue 40:3. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Readings for a happy Christmas: Learn about Christmas as it was celebrated in pioneer Utah. For the pioneers as well as for us today, Christmas is a time for gratitude, sharing, and reflection on the life of the Savior.

Mormons celebrate Christmas like most other Christians—with the nativity account in Luke, gift exchanging, spending time with family and friends, Santa Claus, decorated trees, and the redemptive story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Richard Ian Kimball follows the history of Christmas celebrations among the Mormons beginning with the Pioneers. He concludes that although the Saints were secluded in the West for many years, their Christmas celebration traditions have developed much in the same way as the rest of America, and they continue to carry the same Christmas spirit that existed among the early Saints.