Christmas is about family, friends, giving, receiving, love, hope, presents, lights, trees, cookies, milk, and Santa. While we all do our best to remember the real meaning of the Christmas season, there are times when you spend a little too much time on your Christmas list.

However, it happens to all of us, the commercialization of Christmas can be tough to avoid with overabundant feasts, endless toys, and enough cookies to take down Santa himself. But we at Latin Times have you covered, with an easy, and simple way to show your thanks—prayer.

Prayer can be a private or public activity, which is why we have collected Christmas prayers for some of the more prominent moments—including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Christmas dinner, opening gifts, Christmas tree decorating—which not only teaches children to give thanks but also reminds us adults of the appreciative and grateful feelings inherent to Christmas.

Christmas Eve Prayer

Give us, O God, the vision, which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure. Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts. And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.

Christmas Prayer

Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel's song, for infant's cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance.  Be with us as we sing the ironies of Christmas, the incomprehensible comprehended, the poetry made hard fact, the helpless Babe who cracks the world asunder. We kneel before you shepherds, innkeepers, wise men. Help us to rise bigger than we are. Amen.

Before Opening Presents Prayer

Lord and Giver of all good things, the magi travelled for miles to bring the Christ child the first Christmas presents. So may we, too, remember with thankful hearts the love that comes with each present we open. We also thank you for the love you have for each of us, and we thank you for the many gifts that you give us, especially the gift of live itself. Amen

Christmas Tree Blessing 

Holy Creator of Trees, bless with your abundant grace this our Christmas tree as a symbol of joy. May its evergreen branches be a sign of your never-fading promises. May its colorful lights and ornaments call us to decorate with love our home and our world. May the gifts that surround this tree be symbols of the gifts we have received from the Tree of Christ’s Cross. Holy Christmas tree within our home, may Joy and Peace come and nest in your branches and in our hearts. Amen.

A Christmas Prayer For The Loss Of A Loved One

God of compassion, there is such a hole in my heart! Today should be a day of joy, but I feel only emptiness and loss. While the world celebrates around me, I remember Christmas celebrations of the past and I long to have my loved one with me. I bring my sorrows to you, Lord, like some odd gift of the magi and dump them at your feet. In my blind tears I wonder if anyone can possibly understand the depth of my sadness.

I know, you can. You sent your son to be with us in our deepest sorrows and I know that even though I might not feel it now, you are here with me, grieving with me, caring for me in my sadness. Dearest lord, help me to turn to the one I miss so much today and speak. Help me heal the loss of our parting and help me not to regret the things I didn't say. Sorrow tears at my heart, but today I ask that my loss soften my heart and make me more compassionate with everyone I meet, so that my loss may become a gift to others.

Christmas Dinner Prayer

In the peace of this season our spirits are joyful: With the beasts and angels, the shepherds and stars, with Mary and Joseph we sing God's praise. By your coming may the hungry be filled with good things, and may our table and home be blessed. Bless us O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christmas Bed Time Prayer

As I lay myself to rest, I pray my loved ones will be blessed. God, watch over me tonight, Bless me with Your love so bright. The angels they will dance and sing, and to me, sweet dreams they bring. When I wake to greet the day, God I know you'll light the way.