In 2008 we marked Advent with a series of magazine covers from past Church periodicals; the post for December 1st is here; you can find the others by going to the Topical Guide and using your browser’s search function to find “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”
We marked Advent 2009 with Christmas music by LDS composers or lyricists published in 20th century hymnbooks and periodicals. We started by posting the sheet music and words; soon a mysterious Keepa’ninny known only as “The Phantom” recorded those songs on organ or piano and shared them with us all. A list of that music with links to sheet music and sound files can be found here.
This year, we’ll watch the days pass with short fiction published in the Church magazines and manuals – some with LDS themes, some not, some serious, some silly, some jolly, some sentimental, some published for adults and others for children, and all giving some feel for how our ancestors celebrated the season in different decades. The quality of these stories is uneven, I admit. Some aren’t bad (well, at least not after I segregated the one truly awful story I found; you don’t have to worry about letting your kids read any of these without your having pre-screened them). If you find ones you really like, be sure to comment and steer other readers toward the good ones.
I’ll update this page with links to all the stories as they are posted.