Since the kids were old enough to understand, we've had a Christmas ritual in our house. We get up in the morning, after the kids have knocked on our door several dozen times asking if it was time to start, and head for the living room. On the way down, mom puts a breakfast pizza in the oven--some crazy person invented breakfast pizza and the kids thank them for it. After gathering at the tree, we get out our Bible and we read the birth account. It's important to emphasize to the kids that this isn't a story, it's a historical event. After several years of doing this, the kids understand this and view the Bible as a historical book. To do this, throughout the year, I make sure to show them archeological finds that make the news and corroborate what's in the Bible. You can do this also, many apologetics podcasts focus a few episodes on these news items, especially Issues Etc.
After the nativity account, we say a prayer for our blessings and for the cross and to help us live for Him the coming year. From here, we pop in the movie The Nativity Story, (<--account! lol) which we keep in the background as we open presents and eat gooey pizza. Usually, after the presents are opened, we sit back and finish the movie. It's a simple little ritual, but one that immerses the kids in the importance of Jesus' birth. Do you have a Christmas ritual? You might think about starting one.
Update on the next APP. I've been bad and have worked very little on it. I have much of it worked out on my storyboard, but as a mailman, I've had very little time to work on it these past two months. Have you ever delivered mail at 8:30 at night in the pitch dark? It's so much fun, I highly don't recommend it. I have drawn a lot of other realistic stuff for out art gallery (which I've neglected), that you can see on my regular art website www.carlosbenson.com, but come January, I will rev up again on the APP and get going. I want to finish it by March, but that's not looking good at this point. Oh, and one more thing, I hired some professional voice-over actors to do the narration and Gabe's part! I found them at fiverr.com. I was surprised how inexpensive it was. I will add them to the A4K APP when I do the first update, hopefully in January.