This is a fabulous and easy way to prepare hearts for Christmas — two things I want every December.
Unwrap the story of Jesus’ birth one day at a time with a key verse and one piece of the Nativity scene that matches that verse. As you build the manger scene piece by piece, you’ll also read part of the real Christmas story.
Countdown to Christmas: Unwrap the Christmas Story with Your Family in 15 Days grew out of my own desire to be more intentional with my family about the reason for Christmas. I wanted an advent devotional easy enough for a weekday evening but deep enough to really engage our hearts for Christmas.
I knew our busy December would make a month-long study impractical. But 15 days works for us! It gives us plenty of margin during the month and accomodates evenings we’re out of the house. You can start 15 days before Christmas or begin December 1 using the days convenient for your family.
How to Use this Nativity Activity
Countdown to Christmas is the devotional that takes you step by step through the Christmas story, starting with prophecy. From the angels’ visits all the way to the birth of Jesus and the wise men who visited, you’ll be able to countdown toward Christmas as you read each piece of the Christmas story.
The scripture is included in the advent devotional, but you can also read it from your own family Bible.
You’ll also want to use a standard Nativity to make the most of your family’s advent reading. Here are some of our family favorites:
Olive Wood Nativity set: I’ve fallen in love with the olive wood Nativity sets. Many of them come from olive wood grown in Israel and, left unpolished, will darken naturally from the oil of your child’s hands.
Heartland resin Nativity set: The resin looks a bit dressier but can still be handled without worry by children.
Willow Tree Nativity set: These timeless pieces can be collected and added to each season.
Fisher Price Little People Manger Scene: Classic pieces for the littlest hands. This is one my children have set up and played with over and over at Christmastime.
Start a Family Tradition
You can get your copy of Countdown to Christmas: Unwrap the Christmas Story with Your Family in 15 Days here.
I pray this becomes a beautiful tradition for your family, let’s you create treasured memories and helps you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas!
P.S. If you’d like to print the Nativity Scriptures list, click here for an 8.5 x 11 printable.
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