I’m so excited to share this new resource with you today! Last year, I created a 15-day Advent Nativity Activity that grew out of my desire to be more intentional about the real reason for Christmas with my children. I matched up scripture with the standard pieces of a Nativity set and each day, for 15 days, we read one passage from the Christmas story and then added the corresponding piece to our nativity scene.
We loved it! My kids loved it! It was so easy to actually get done and it helped us focus on the significance of Christmas throughout the season. I pinned it to my Pinterest board and all year long, that pin kept going organically.
This year, I wanted to add something more: a short devotional style book to explain the scripture passage in more detail. I thought a book would help families get the most out of this fun, hands-on activity.
I wrote Countdown to Christmas: a 15-day Advent Nativity Activity with you in mind. It is open and go. You need only the book and a manger scene. The daily scripture passage is included.
And, joy of joys,
for the next 4 days this e-book is FREE! (So many of you got this that you catapulted it to a #1 Best Seller in Children’s Holiday books!!)
Countdown to Christmas unwraps the story of Jesus’ birth in a new way as your children connect scripture to the nativity scene, adding one piece of the manger scene for 15 days. It’s engaging approach will help kids of all ages really imagine the people and places as they discover the events and significance of the Christmas story.
I also wanted to create an advent activity that wouldn’t overwhelm an already busy December schedule. The 15-day countdown gives your family flexibility to start 15 days before Christmas or in early December using days convenient for your family.
We like to use a kid-friendly nativity set that my kids can re-arrange and play with throughout the season. In the past, we’ve used a hand-made wooden set, a Playmobil® manger set (super popular with my boys) and a pretty, child-friendly resin set. Any standard nativity set that you have will work with this e-book.
I hope this e-book helps you set aside time to teach the meaning of Christmas and make treasured memories with your children as you unfold the amazing story of Jesus’ birth together. Here’s a peek at Day 1:
You can get a FREE copy of Countdown to Christmas: a 15-day Advent Nativity Activity for the next 4 days. After that, the regular price kicks in. You may know others who would love to use this with their family. Please share this wonderful resource with friends, family, grandparents and other parents and invite them to get a copy.
Thank you friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
You can also download a free 8 x 10 of the nativity scriptures here.
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