When family and friends gather for dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you have an opportunity to make it a meaningful experience. But how?
First, give a few thoughts to the prayer in advance. Your prayer should help people remember that Christmas is not just about giving and getting presents, according to allaboutprayer.com.
The site suggests this is a perfect time to pause and acknowledge what we value most about Christmas — Jesus.
The site suggests:
- Include praise for who Jesus is. We can do nothing without Him!
- Praise Him for your family.
- Praise Him for seeing your family through the difficulties of the past year.
- Praise Him for the coming year.
Here is a famous “A Prayer for Christmas Morning” by Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of “Treasure Island” and “Kidnapped.”
The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and good will.
Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.
Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus sake.