Instead we had a birthday PARTY for Jesus the Sunday AFTER Christmas. We bought tinsel and put it up the best we could, on the cement counters and walls.
All the adult gifts came with verses. The women got either : an umbrella (He is our shade) OR tea, sugar and a mug (taste and see that the Lord is good) OR soap and lotion (we are the fragrance of Christ).
The men received "diaries" (Cultural note: what we call a "planner" and use to "plan" out our time, they call a "diary" and use to record what they did with their time.) (He ordains our days) or a watch (There is a time for everything).
All in All it was a GREAT time for everyone who came. It was the highlight of the holidays for many of the locals. VERY, VERY unlike any Christmas service, or party for that matter that they have EVER been too!