So what's it all about?
Why is Christmas so important?
A quick search on YouTube will bring up various versions of this Go Fish song, including a really nice rendition by the Ball Brothers. I've chosen this one because the images will be usable with children and they are often forgotten when it comes to explaining..
So, Lord Jesus,
as we are surrounded by Christmas adverts and encouraged to believe that only one day is important with its food and gifts and family gatherings;
that Advent ends on Christmas Day
help us to rejoice in the fact that
Your birth means much more and that the joy of Christmas will never be over ;
that it is followed by the suffering of Good Friday and the joy of Easter resurrection.
Help us to remember that as we celebrate - however we celebrate - your birth.