This post is for letter “N” in the 2016 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series.
We like to have a bit of fun with elves and reindeer each December, but the birth of Christ is the center of our our celebration. Many families set up a nativity scene and read the Christmas story every year, but you can take it a step futher and really make some sweet memories with your family. We have several nativity traditions for Christmas that help keep our minds focused on that joyous occasion that had angels heralding the Good News.
These are some of the nativity activities that we have done over the years. Oh come let us adore Him!
– Talk about the Christmas story as you arrange the pieces of your nativity set. What was it like to be a shepherd in the field when the angels appeared? How do you think Mary & Joseph felt as they looked upon their precious newborn who was also the Savior of the world?
– Collect a new nativity set or ornament each year. I often purchase ours for the next year at the after-Christmas clearance sales. We display ours on the top of a long row of bookcases. It is so much fun to remember how we got each one. Two of them are from great-grandmothers who are no longer with us, which makes them extra special.
– Don’t add baby Jesus to the nativity scene until Christmas morning. Have it in place before the kids wake up. You can also place the wise men in another part of the house and have them traveling from afar.
– Set out a small wooden box and a basket of straw or raffia. Challenge family members to fill the “manger” by Christmas Eve by placing a piece of straw in the box every time they complete an act of service. Explain that this is not a time for bragging or calling attention to oneself, but for quietly finding ways to serve others.
– Choose some printable nativity scenes to color and assemble. These make great decorations for a child’s room.
– Have at least one kid friendly nativity set if you have little ones. They will enjoy exploring each piece and acting out the story. I walked into the living room one day to discover all of ours in a line to meet baby Jesus. Such a cherished memory!
– Fill a basket with nativity books and tuck it beside the tree. You can usually find a good selection at the library or thrift store.
– This is the first year that we are going to go searching for the nativity while we drive around and look at Christmas lights.
– Read about the history of the first nativity scene. Did you know it was created by St Francis of Assisi?
– Set aside your regular subjects for a day and do some nativity funschool lessons.
I hope these Nativity Traditions for Christmas bring you many years of joy!
Hi there! I’m Amy, your curator of fun and educational resources. My family is big on traditions and we try to live life in rhythm with God’s beautiful seasons. I love to share free holiday homeschool ideas over at Amy’s Wandering. You will discover even more seasonal festivities when you join me on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or my Homeschooling through the Seasons FB group. Follow me as I wander through life one season at a time!
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