Every season, my mom would put out our Advent wreath on our dining room table to light every night while preparing for Christmas Day. In the middle of the wreath, she would place a small wooden crib. During advent, instead of saying our bedtime prayers in our rooms, we would gather around the dining room table, pray and then put a piece of straw in the crib for every good thing we did or thought we had that day. By the end of advent, the crib was filled with our good deeds and intentions. Before we went to sleep Christmas Eve, my parents would get the beautiful porcelain Baby Jesus out of his box. My Dad would give us long tapered candles, and turn of the lights. All six kids and my parents, would make procession into the living room singing Silent Night, lighting the way for Baby Jesus, before placing him on our crib of good deeds. this is a wonderful way to remind everyone the real reason for the season.
I know that wooden cribs and porcelain Baby Jesus figurines are still available on line. Or make the crib yourself out of popsicle sticks (picture below post) This is something to bring the joy of the season back in your hearts.