Here is the idea I used for the prayers in our Christmas day service this year.
* setup: give everyone a small square of wrapping paper as they come in to Church.
1) look at the patterned side of the paper, think of the excitement of recieving presents. Christmas is a time of great excitement and joy.
Thank God for the good gifts he gives us.
2) Now look at the blank side, this is not so exciting. Some people will not enjoy this Christmas, maybe they’ve lost a loved one, had a bad year or are unwell.
Pray for people who will not enjoy this Christmas
3) Now screw the paper into a ball as we pray for the world. People are celebrating Christmas around the world, some, like us, with abundance, some with very little.
Pray for Christians around the world as they celebrate the birth of Jesus.