Many thanks to Adam L. who pointed out the Deseret News Holiday Print Ad for The Mansion,
Happened to coincide with Silver Beaver (the appropriate honorific for Scouts of this rank) Monson’s decrying the “commercialization” of Christmas, and the need to turn to one’s heart to the Spirit of Christmas, as found in Van Dyke’s The Mansion. Synergy! Boo-Ya! A horrible cynic who has made a somewhat careful review of his talks might ask, “When was the last time this guy wrote his own material?”
[From lds.org’s summary of the Anti-Commercialist But Anti-Anti-Mall Devotional]
“There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ,” President Monson said. He spoke of witnessing the annual commercialization of Christmas, of seeing Christmas become less about Christ and more about sales, parties, and presents. And yet, President Monson said, “Christmas is what we make of it. Despite all the distractions, we can see to it that Christ is at the center of our celebration. If we have not already done so, we can establish Christmas traditions for ourselves and for our families which will help us capture and keep the spirit of Christ.” Three Christmas Stories President Monson said that each year for Christmas, he reads the story of the birth of Christ as told in the Gospel of Luke. He also reads A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke, and he remembers the change of heart undergone by Ebenezer Scrooge and the lessons about the true meaning of giving learned by John Weightman. Both characters…[insert ad here].