You can’t separate Bethlehem from Gethsemane, or the hasty flight into Egypt from the slow journey to the summit of Calvary. It is of one piece. It is a single plan. It considers the fall and rising again of many in Israel, but always in that order. Christmas is joyful not because it is a season or decade or lifetime without pain or privation, but precisely because life does hold those moments for us.Elder Holland's talk is well worth reading, a much-needed reminder of the perspective we need during this most blessed of seasons.
(A quick search also turned up the original video of Elder Holland's devotional talk, given 1 December 1998, at then Ricks College, now Brigham Young University-Idaho.)