I love the traditions of Christmas – decorating the tree to Christmas music and eggnog, icing sugar cookies and touring the neighborhood light displays.
This year, we’re starting a new tradition. We’ve always decorated with several Nativity scenes and in years past, put them up the same day we did all of the other Christmas decorating. This year, though, my younger kids will get to build their Nativity scene one piece each day. As we add each new piece, we’ll read a corresponding Bible verse from the Christmas story.
We’ve always had at least one kid-friendly manger scene so that little hands can play with and rearrange the pieces. Early on we had a resin set, but after several pieces were dropped and chipped, we replaced it with a Playmobil Nativity set.
I’ve uploaded the Nativity Scriptures list. Feel free to print the list to do with your own family. It’s a super simple and easy to implement Christmas activity. You can use any manger scene and you don’t have to start on December 1st. You can do it altogether one evening or put out a few pieces each Sunday leading up to Christmas. We’ll do it over the course of 15 days until the entire Nativity scene is built.
**UPDATE: Unwrap the real Christmas story with the family devotional — Countdown to Christmas. This NEW, 15-day family devotional e-book has the day’s scripture along with exciting narrative unwrapping the story of Jesus’ birth. Enjoy this new, hands-on way to learn the real meaning of Christmas with your family in Countdown to Christmas: a 15-day Advent Nativity Activity.
Enjoy! If you’d like to print the Nativity Scriptures list, click here for an 8.5 x 11 printable.
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