Let’s Pray!

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A Caring Prayer
Gather family members in a circle. Hand your child a baby doll
wrapped in a small blanket. Tell each member to gently pass the
doll to the person sitting to the right and say a prayer. Have each
person pray the following prayer as he or she passes the baby
doll.

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Thank you, god, for sending Jesus. We love you! In Jesus name,
amen.

New Ways to Pray
Gather your family, and crowd under a table, into a closet, or in
another small area of your home. While you’re there, pray a
close-together prayer, thanking God for sending Jesus into a
crowded world.

Bring out any Christmas cards you received or are about to send.
Encourage your children to pray for the friends of yours that need
to know Jesus, the promised Sav-ior. For your friends who are
already believers, have your children pray that God will teach them
something new about his love.

Sit outside with your child on a clear, starry night, and try to
find the brightest star. Join hands and pray that God will guide
you closer to him each day.

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A Snuggle Prayer
Bring in a soft baby blanket that has an edging that is made from
different material from the blanket itself. For example, it might
have a silky edge. Allow children to touch the material to their
hands, arms, legs, and faces. Discuss which piece is softest. Which
one is prettiest? Ask children which one might have made a good
blanket for baby Jesus to snuggle. Remind children how Mary wrapped
her baby in a blanket to keep him warm. Then let kids again take
turns holding the blanket saying:

Dear God,
Thank you for sending Jesus to be born.
Amen.

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