I’m so excited to share this new Advent resource with you today!
Last year, I created a 15-day Advent Nativity Activity that grew out of my desire to help my family focus on Jesus at Christmas.
I matched scripture with the standard pieces of a Nativity set and each day, for 15 days, we read Bible verse or passage and then added the corresponding piece to our Nativity scene.
We loved it! My kids loved it! I pinned it to my Pinterest board and it’s been repinned thousands of times since. (You can get the free scripture printable below.)
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Cue the confetti, because the Countdown to Christmas Nativity activity is now a book!
Countdown to Christmas: Unwrap the Christmas Story with Your Family in 15 Days is written for families who want a Christ-centered, hands-on Advent tradition.
Countdown to Christmas takes you step by step through the Christmas story, starting with prophecies foretelling the birth of Jesus all the way through the visit of the Magi. They focus on Christ and the gospel as the incredible love story of God’s plan to be with us and redeem us is unwrapped over 15 days.
As a busy mom of many, I wrote it to be open and go, to deepen my teens’ understanding and application of the events of Jesus’ birth while engaging my littles with hands on fun.
Because the Advent devotional covers 15 days rather than 25, you have margin for the office Christmas party and choir cantata rehearsal. Start Countdown to Christmas on December 1 using the days convenient for your family or begin 15 days before Christmas.
You don’t have to have a manger scene to use the Countdown to Christmas Advent devotional. The Advent devotional, scriptures and prayers can stand alone as a wonderful Advent celebration.
However, the hands-on fun of creating the manger scene piece by piece creates lasting memories and engages the whole family in the events of the Christmas story.
If you’re using this with small children, choose a Nativity that’s sturdy and non-breakable so you can display it at your child’s eye-level and their little hands can play with it.
The Nativity pieces used in the Countdown to Christmas Advent book and the Nativity activity scripture printable are:
- the Creche (stable)
- a palm tree
- baby Jesus
- 3 wise men
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Get your copy of Countdown to Christmas: Unwrap the Christmas Story with Your Family in 15 Days here.
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