I'm always looking for a way to teach my children the true meaning of Christmas, and if I can teach them a virtue at the same time, I'm even happier. I've often wondered "what would I do for the Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus", if I had been there in Bethlehem the night of the Holy Birth. With that thought I've come up with a project for Christmas. Using either a bucket, a Jar, or a stocking. Your family will write down what they would give the Holy Family if they were in Bethlehem at the time of the Holy Birth. This will not only give them time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, it will teach them the virtue of giving.
A bucket, or smooth jar
On Christmas Eve, our family sits together and reads Luke, chapter 2, verses 1-20. It is the story of Jesus birth. Then we read the ribbons with the gifts for the Holy Family. Not only does it send the kids to bed with a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, it seems to really relax them.
I wish you all a Blessed Christmas:)