The Daily Universe Magazine, December 2021
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal is a chaplain, fellow and lecturer at Pembroke College at Oxford University. He was a visiting scholar at the Maxwell Institute this semester and is good friends with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve. Before heading back to England in November, he shared some Christmas memories and insights with The Daily Universe.
BYU's annual Christmas Around the World concert has been bringing folk dance and Christmas spirit to campus since the first show in 1960. This year's concert on Dec. 3-4 in the Marriott Center focuses on hope, healing and humanity.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched the “Light the World” initiative in 2016 and has been doing it every year since. The initiative focuses on sharing the light of Christ during the Christmas season. The main idea is to make the Christmas season a season of service, as Jesus Christ spent His life in service.
Christmas is a time of family, holiday traditions, warmth and love. Perhaps more so for BYU’s national student body, but what about the international students who may not have the luxury to go home for such a family-oriented time of year? What is Christmas time to them?
Christmas trees are symbols of all things Christmas: family, traditions, presents. But to the Festival of Trees and Primary Children's Hospital, they represent a lot more.
Universe Live reporter Alexa Larson reached out on social media to find out what others do to make this time of the year special. This video shows three unique Christmas traditions people across Utah have that makes their Christmas a little more festive and meaningful.
Each year a smaller percentage of Americans cut down their own Christmas trees. Universe Live reporter Joe Belnap interviewed students on campus about whether they prefer real or fake trees.
Eggnog, cookies, pies, ham and other food rings in the holiday spirit. These holiday treats might not have magic power, but the memories associated with the food brings a special holiday spirit.
Universe Live reporter Lizeth Vejar interviewed Mark Callister, the director of the School of Communications at BYU. He discusses the folk traditions, Christian and non-Christian roots and the origins of the Christmas holiday we now celebrate today.