Start a new family tradition. Set up a Nativity scene near your Christmas tree, complete with a manger for Baby Jesus. Throughout the month of December, each member of the family can place a strand of straw in the manger for each good deed that was carried out. It could be as simple as washing the dishes, helping a sibling with homework, sending a Christmas card to someone special, or spending time with someone who is home-bound. In addition to serving others, the goal is to ensure that the newborn Savior will have a warm and comfortable place to rest by Christmas Day.