the walk of the magi is pretty much an entire service from the phaith of st phransus
talking of magi, maggi as ever has a ton of stuff on advent
rejesus christmas section is ever expanding
advent waiting via ben askew gives a sobering global moment of waiting in prayer
christmas prayer via eden is a simple but poignant prayer
and last year in daily bread i wrote a series of 12 daily reflections on luke 1-3 that you might be interested in. my favourite was the one that was for christmas day where i suggest (entirely inspired by the work of ken bailey) that maybe there was no inn and no stable:
It’s possible that there was no inn and no stable in the Christmas story! It’s unthinkable in the Middle East that Joseph, returning to his family village (vs 3,4), would not have gone to relatives who would have provided hospitality for him and his pregnant wife. A peasant home in those days would have had a guest room, and then one main room, which was both the sleeping and lounge area. At night the animal(s) would be brought into this room in a lowered area at one end to keep them safe. It seems likely that the guest room is already occupied (the word translated as ‘inn’ in verse 7 can mean guest room), so Joseph and Mary are staying in the main room of a relative’s home; when Jesus is born, he is laid in the manger that would have been there for the animals at night. Probably the women relatives are all there helping with the birth, while the men are at a neighbour’s house! Our cultural assumptions have led to a very different interpretation of what actually happened. The significance of this is profound – Jesus was born in a poor village community in a very ordinary way among family and friends. His birth is no different to theirs – his incarnation is authentic.