To me, prayer is the reason for the season…

Let’s do not forget the true meaning and celebration of Christmas — the coming of Jesus Christ the Savior.

Whenever Christmas is around the corner, it’s easy to put all our focus on how to make the best Christmas table decoration, favorite meals, and which wine to drink for Christmas or even spend hours trying to figure out what to write in a Christmas card. In as much as I’m concerned, all these Christmas preparations are pretty OK, but they shouldn’t make you forget to pray this season and draw yourself closer to God, to thank him for the invaluable gift of Baby Jesus and his sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.

As Christians, we understand that traditional Christmas prayers with families, whether long or short, can prompt us to look deep into how the year went, and discover a whole lot of things to be thankful for. The time for Christmas prayers and blessings can come in before unwrapping the gift, during Christmas eve, or any time within the 12 days of Christmas. You can decide to pray for the kids, teachers you know and around the world, Christain families, and everyone celebrating Christmas this season.

As a catholic, I and my family members would have an incomplete festival if we skip the Christmas prayers for ourselves and loved ones — It’s a family tradition we grew up with, and it’s almost impossible to enjoy the season without commending everything to the hands of God.

Christmas prayers for your loved ones

1. A grateful Christmas prayer

“Lord, I thank You for coming to earth so You could redeem me. When I think of the extent to which You were willing to go in order to save me, it makes me want to shout, to celebrate, and to cry with thankfulness. You love me so much, and I am so grateful for that love. Without You, I would still be lost and in sin. But because of everything You have done for me, today I am free; my life is blessed; Jesus is my Lord; Heaven is my home, and Satan has no right to control me. I will be eternally thankful to You for everything You did to save me! I pray this in Jesus’ name!” — Rick Renner

2. Prayer to remember the reason for the season

Dear God, sometimes I get too caught in the Christmas commercialism. OK, a lot of times. Today, I’m going to refocus my heart and remember why I’m celebrating this wonderful day in the first place. I’m celebrating Jesus today…and every day! In Jesus’ name, Amen. — Sharon Jaynes

3. A prayer for Christmas blessing

“May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.” — Ray Pritchard

4. A Christmas prayer for salvation

“God, our Creator, we offer this humble prayer on Christmas Day. We come to worship with a song of thanks in our hearts—a song of redemption, a song of hope and renewal. We pray for joy in our hearts, hope in our God, love to forgive, and peace upon the earth. We ask for the salvation of all our family members and friends, and we pray your blessings on all people. May there be bread for the hungry, love for the unlovable, healing for the sick, protection for our children, and wisdom for our youth. We pray for the forgiveness of sinners and abundant life in Christ. Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with your love and power. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.” — Rev. Lia Icaza Willetts

5. Prayer for the gift of Christmas

Father, it wasn’t with bad intentions initially that Christmas celebrations grew way beyond Who and have now made us weary. Renew in our hearts the wonder and awe of the miracles of the Gift of Christmas. Not only us, Lord, but let our newfound wonder spread to our families and our friends. Let us come together to celebrate You and leave behind the fuss. In Jesus’ Name, Amen — Paris Renae 

6. A prayer for Christmas decorations

“Lord God of Life, together with the beautiful traditions
of decorating the Christmas tree,
of singing carols and giving gifts,
this Christmas dinner is an important part
of our celebration of the birth
of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Come, Lord our God, and surround our feast day table
as we delight in this joyous season of Christmas.
Gift us in this meal with the taste of happiness
as we savor this coming together of family and friends.
As sparkling stars and singing angels rejoiced
at the birth of the Christ Child in Bethlehem,
so may we take great joy in this our Christmas dinner-celebration.
May You, our God, bless it and us in Your holy name. Amen.” — Edward Hays

7. Christmas season prayer

“Lord God, heavenly Father, we give thanks that in your great mercy and compassion you allowed your dear Son to become incarnate, and through him redeemed us from sin and eternal death. Enlighten our hearts by your Holy Spirit that we may always be thankful for such grace and be comforted in all trouble and temptation, and at last, obtain eternal salvation; through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.” — Veit Dietrich

8. Nativity Prayer of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

“Let Your goodness Lord appear to us, that we made in your image, conform ourselves to it. In our own strength, we cannot imitate Your majesty, power, and wonder nor is it fitting for us to try. But Your mercy reaches from the heavens through the clouds to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of eternal love. Caress us with Your tiny hands, embrace us with Your tiny arms and pierce our hearts with Your soft, sweet cries. Amen.” — St. Bernard of Clairvaux

9. A Christmas prayer to celebrate Christ as the Prince of Peace

Dear Lord, don’t let us miss You this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the simple but life-changing message of Your love for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. — Melanie Chitwood

10. A prayer to reach out to others during Christmas

Father, help me not just to look for blessings during the Christmas season, but to go out of my way to bless others. Remind me to pray for friends and loved ones every time I pray for myself. Teach me to invest in my relationships by sharing Your love and grace with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Leah Dipascal

11. A prayer to trust in God

Heavenly Father, You are the God who gives peace. This second week of Advent causes us to remember that because of Jesus we can experience a Christmas free from turmoil and chaos. Regardless of our circumstances or our situations, you offer us peace that passes understanding. We are able to have the fullness of peace in our hearts on Christmas day, and every day, because that same Jesus sits at your right hand in heaven and makes intercession for us. Keep us in perfect peace as our mind is stayed on the truth of your powerful love. Thank you for your mighty, sovereign hand. Help us to trust fully in you and rest in the peace that you offer. It’s in the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen. – Hope Bolinger

12. Catholic Christmas prayer of Pope John XXIII

“O sweet Child of Bethlehem, grant that we may share with all our hearts in this profound mystery of Christmas. Put into the hearts of men and women this peace for which they sometimes seek so desperately and which you alone can give to them. Help them to know one another better, and to live as brothers and sisters, children of the same Father. Reveal to them also your beauty, holiness, and purity. Awaken in their hearts love and gratitude for your infinite goodness. Join them all together in your love. And give us your heavenly peace. Amen.” — Pope John XXIII