Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Nativity ~ A Christmas Eve Tradition

Traditions, for our family, are part of what make Christmastime special, especially traditions of faith.

We started something new a few years back that we picked up from another family, and it's been a terrific hands-on way for us to concentrate our minds and hearts on the Savior. With young ones still in the family (and maybe, someday, grandchildren), keeping little hands busy not only makes for a better time together for all of us but also helps them to understand and remember better.

Every Christmas Eve, we put the pieces of a small nativity in a bag. I like the idea of a pretty cloth bag that those pieces can then be stored in, but for now, we use a red lunch sack. Our little nativity is quite durable, but we always have to be careful not to let the Littles shake it. We sit together in a loose circle, some on the sofa, some in a chair, some on the floor. 

Then, we take turns as each draws one piece out, beginning with the youngest child. As each one pulls out his piece, he tells the name and role of that person or animal. For example, if I draw the shepherd, I tell that this is the shepherd who was watching the flocks by night when the angels appeared to announce the good news that Jesus was born.

In this way, we rebuild the scene, ending with the complete nativity.

Want bonus points? 😊 Quote the appropriate Scripture, such as Luke 2:8-12 for the shepherd.

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.'”

Alternatively, you could sing an appropriate Christmas carol such as “Away in a Manger” or “Angels We Have Heard on High.” It doesn’t matter if you sing well or can’t carry a tune (like most of our family), God is praised!

Merry Christmas!

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

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