I think most everyone is a bit weary of the commercialization of Christmas.  Most of us love the season, the traditions, time with family, carols, food, and opportunity to rest.  We are not tired of Christmas; we just fear losing what made it “Christmas” to begin with.

That is particularly true when it comes to our children.  We do not want them to think this sacred holiday is merely about having their every electronic, plastic, and sugar-infused desire met.  We love the expression on their faces as they open presents.  We delight even more in putting those smiles there.  But we want them to see that those presents represent “the gift;” a gift that was given not to pacify a desire or annual fad, but to meet the deepest need of their soul.

What follows is a liturgy (order of service) of sorts.  Feel free to adapt it.  The liturgy is intended to be highly interactive and is built around four presents and is infused with Christmas carols, Scripture and conversation.  The four gifts can be given at one time prior to the family gift exchange or be given one per evening on the four nights leading up to the family gift exchange.

If you choose to use this with your family, it is advised you read through the flow of interaction several times, so that you can lead the conversation without reading it from the article.  It will be more effective as a natural conversation than something read from paper (with the exception of the Scripture readings).  It is also advised that you sing the hymns with your children in the weeks before Christmas.  If they are already familiar with the words, then the context in which they are sung will have greater meaning.