I want to insititue more family traditions around advent and Christmas to put the focus more on giving to others and spirituality than on just getting presents. My 8 yo is very interested in spiritual things and loves the music and stories. However, my 5 yo will go running anytime he detects a hint of anything remotely spiritual. We frequently read about Jesus' birth all throughout the year so they're well aware of that.
I am going to do an advent calendar to hopefully get them excited about opening a door each day and reading what's underneath.
I have heard about moving baby Jesus (or the magi?) closer to the stable every day as Christmas approaches- that might be fun, and more visual for them.
What else do you do to include the kids, make it hands-on and memorable, and have a deeper meaning other than just one day of presents, and occasional reading of the Christmas story?