This is a celebration ceremony for Christmas Day to help make reflection on the birth of the Holy Babe a time for birthing personal and world peace.
Your celebration can include elements of meditation, prayer, reflection and music, making it especially festive and meaningful.
The place and participants:
- A family or living room; in a park; at the beach if in a warm climate.
- Family and friends gathered in a circle, sitting on blankets at the beach, chairs indoor.
- A central symbol of focus could be a candle that is placed at the center of a table, or a manger scene with candles in a circle. One or more family or friends can lead the ceremony, they need not be clergy - this ceremony recognizes everyone as celebrants.
Some elements that could be included:
- Christmas carols, of course, and even though this poem is secular, a traditional poem such as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" which ends with a positive message.
- The Christmas story from the Holy Bible with several people taking turns reading sentences.
- Offerings of inspiring song or dance from those assembled including the children.
- Prepared or extemporaneous speeches on the meaning of Christmas in the speaker's life.
- A Christmas Prayer; a time for silent meditation for personal and world peace.
- An uplifting Christmas hymn sung as a group with everyone holding hands. Examples that are uplifting: Silent Night, Holy Night; Away in a Manger; Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem; Angels, We Have Heard on High; Oh, Holy Night; your family favorites.
Sharing of Christmas treats from the kitchen; exchanging gifts.
"Christmas lights shining bright
Remind us of the Holy Night
A Little Babe was born to say
Give lovingly in every way
Give love to others every day."
Blessings and love to all!
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