This is our nativity scene this year. I know. It looks a bit bleak, doesn’t it? No, my toddlers didn’t eat baby Jesus or break the head off the magi, although that’s not out of the realm of possibilities. We did this on purpose. And you can too to bring the Christmas story alive for your whole family.
At the beginning of December put out the nativity set in its usual place, which for us is the family room, but I only put the cow in there. If you have other manger animals, put them in there too. Then, and here’s the trick to really bringing the story alive, scatter the rest of the players around the house.
- At our house the shepherds sit on the shelves above the fireplace keeping watch over their flocks.
- Mary and Joseph stay on the far side of the kitchen (also known as Galilee) and they don’t start moving toward Bethlehem (aka the family room) until about a week before Christmas. First they move around the countertop, then onto the kitchen table, and then they land on the coffee table before arriving on the scene.
- The wise men are farther away-on top of the hutch in the living room (aka the east) and they don’t start traveling toward Bethlehem until the star appears in the sky when Jesus is born. This keeps the Nativity scene active well into January.
- Finally I hide the baby Jesus somewhere in the house until he is revealed on Christmas morning. Its great to see the children get excited when he appears. Last year I forgot where I hid him so make it a place that is memorable.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
What do you do to bring the Christmas story alive?
By Dale Wilsher
Mom of four daughters
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
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