Do Mormons celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and others? Yes! Mormons do celebrate holidays. Christmas and Easter are our most precious, but we recognize and celebrate all sorts of holidays. Mormons in other countries celebrate those holidays dear to them and their own cultures. In my home, I celebrate the birthday and the half-birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Valentines Day, Thanksgiving and if we are organized we’ll try to do something for Dia de los Muertos.
And who am I trying to kid, in our house we love a good party and will host one whenever we can. We celebrate the Super Bowl, March Madness, NBA Playoffs, the Big 12 Championship game and others.
But my fav is Christmas! No surprise there as it is most everyone’s favorite holiday. Starting after Thanksgiving, Temple Squarein Salt Lake City is lit in beautiful lighting. The church’s broadcast devotionals are focused specifically on the birth of Christ and the reason for the season. Christmas Carols are sung in church. It is a special and exciting time for everyone I know. Though different families treat the visit of Santa in their own way, and the giving of presents has varying importance from family to family, Christmas in a Mormon household is as close to the the Norman Rockwell illustrations as you might ever find.
Families get together, of course, for the day, or if they can’t be together, there are always families in the church eager to share their Christmas with those who don’t have family.