A couple weeks before Christmas we had a family meeting and discussed ways that we could adjust our focus on Christmas Day to the gift of God's Son, and our response to that gift. Hubby and I wanted to add something to our celebration in addition to the Bible reading we do before opening gifts. The children offered a few suggestions, and what we decided on was a gift giving ceremony, where we gave something back to Jesus to show our gratitude for the gift of Himself.
We spent some quiet time leading up to Christmas, each thinking and praying about what we could give. I had to help Little Man with some ideas, as this is somewhat abstract, but he came up with a great one all on his own! After church Sunday morning we came home and had our own family worship time. We thanked God for giving us the gift of His Son, and then we each wrote on a slip of paper what we wanted to give back to God during this next year. Those who wanted to, shared what they wrote (Little Man's was "to obey mommy and daddy right away." ~ one I heartily approved of!). Then we sealed them in an envelope and will pull them out again next Christmas so we can evaluate how we did. I'd like to keep all the envelopes for posterity. It will be fun and hopefully meaningful for the children when they are older, to remember all the gifts they have given to Jesus over the years.
Then we sang "Happy Birthday" to Jesus and had birthday cake for lunch!
What does your family do to help you focus on God's gift at Christmas time?