BYU president Shane Reese and Wendy Reese stand by the frontdoors of BYU's London Center

Warm Wishes

What a monumental time to be part of the BYU community with you! Thank you for sharing your light as we courageously continue to “Become BYU.” I hope we all remember and recognize the blessings that come from our Savior Jesus Christ, now and throughout the coming year. Wendy and I send our warmest wishes to you and your family. Merry Christmas!

—C. Shane Reese, BYU President

550 BYU musicians fill the concert hall of the new Music Building

Noel, Noel!

Singing “praises to our heavenly Lord,” more than 550 Brigham Young University musicians performed “The First Noel” as the finale of this year’s Celebration of Christmas concert. Held for the first time in the new BYU Music Building, the annual School of Music Christmas concert featured the BYU Singers, BYU Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and BYU Philharmonic Orchestra.

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BYU Christmas devotional with a blue night sky and prminent Christmas star shining

A Merry Campus Christmas

In the final BYU devotional of 2023, the campus community gathered to celebrate the miraculous gift of the Savior’s birth in Bethlehem. Join students, faculty, and performing groups as they share the true meaning of Christmas in poetry, dance, and song.

BYU Noteworthy performers laugh, smile, and sing

Soulful Singing

Celebrate the season with Noteworthy, BYU’s female a cappella group, as they perform music videos from their new album, What Christmas Means to Me. Listen to “O Come (Let Us Adore),” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Mary, Did You Know?” featuring Peter Hollens.

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BYU Vocal Point sits and sings in a living room with a Christmas tree

VP Christmas Party

“Presents and cards are here / My world is filled with cheer and you / This Christmas / And as I look around / Your eyes outshine the town.” Don’t miss BYU Vocal Point’s melodic cover of “This Christmas.”

Carved wooden figures depicting the Nativity

Christmas Collection

BYU Speeches is lighting the world with new Christmas-themed inspiring short videos that capture the spirit of the season and are perfect for sharing with friends and family. Find new takes on classic speeches like “A Child Is Born” by Bruce Porter (above) and “Gifts of Love” by Henry B. Eyring. You can also find old favorites on this Christmas YouTube playlist.

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A little girl standing in front of a Christmas tree with the text BYU Speeches

The Heart of a Child

In a classic devotional, Elder Hugh W. Pinnock encourages us to “seek to retain or reobtain the heart of a child, especially at Christmastime.” In the spirit of Christmas, 6-year-old Laura writes a touching letter to Santa, selflessly putting her siblings’ joy above her own gifts. Watch the heartwarming events that follow as her gesture touches the heart of someone who reads her letter.

Conductor Eric Whitacre stands in front of the BYU Men's Chorus, wearing matching suits

BYU Music Playlist

“Light, warm, and heavy as pure gold. And angels sing softly to the newborn babe.” Don’t miss the powerful performance by BYU Men’s Chorus of “Lux Aurumque,” arranged and conducted by Eric Whitacre. Also in this 2023 BYU Christmas music playlist, don’t miss the BYU Singers performing a crisp new rendition of “Carol of the Bells.”

Whitney Archibald, Y Magazine podcast host, tells the story of her rock-climbing accident

Lessons from the Fall

Earlier this year Y Magazine podcast host Whitney Archibald fell 30 feet while rock climbing in Provo’s Rock Canyon. Miraculously, she landed in the only Whitney-shaped clearing below—just inches from rocks. Although her injuries were significant, she experienced a spiritual outpouring that has forever changed her understanding of God's love. She shares her spiritual lessons in the latest episode of the Y Magazine podcast. Listen (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube) and be sure to subscribe. In addition, please participate in a Y Magazine podcast listener survey.

Alyssa Bagoyo stands behind a table with potted plants

Nature and Nurture

It was an Education Week workshop that gave Alyssa Bagoyo the courage to major in chemical engineering. Learn how this inspiring student paid tribute to her late mother through her BYU education.

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