This is our 'Christmas corner':
Here we have our tree, our children's bibles and Christmas story books. We have also set up our wooden nativity items (Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus) and our finger puppets, as well as including the nativity set P made at Bible Study creche.
Each night before bed we sit next to our (little) tree and read a part of the nativity story together. We don't follow a structure, but have read or discussed different aspects together. We've talked about how the girls sleep in a comfortable bed, but Jesus slept in an animals food box. We've talked about how Mary sang a song of thanks and sang a thank you song to God ourselves. P has enacted out the nativity story many times herself.
At the end of each Bible reading time, the girls each choose one Christmas decoration to put up on the tree. They both love this tradition.
I've been trying to think of ways of making Christmas not all about the presents. I decided this year to not put the presents under the tree but instead put our nativity scenes and Bible stories there. I'm still not sure whether to have the girls open their presents on Christmas eve (so that Christmas Day is all about Jesus) or not.
What are your thoughts?