Each year there seems to be a real struggle for kids to focus more on the Nativity and Jesus, than the presents. At least in my house. No matter how hard we try to help them focus on Jesus during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, they still want to talk about how many or what presents they want. In an effort to shift their focus, we have done away with the large Christmas for our own children and adopted a $5 Christmas tradition. It has helped, but they still expect presents, which is not where we want their focus.
So this year, we’re trying something different. A little more focused and direct.
The closer we get to Christmas, the easier it seems to focus on the Nativity. The children’s classes focus on it at church and Advent studies become even more centered around the Nativity and Jesus. But what about right now – the beginning of December? Where is the focus?
Most kids are creating their wish lists and filling their dreams with gifts they want to receive. Don’t get me wrong, presents are not the enemy and I am not telling parents to abandon them. However, making them the focus of what should be the celebration of Jesus’ birth is not what we want either.
This year we want to challenge our own kids to focus more on the gift that was given to them over 2000 years ago, when a tiny baby was born in a manger. This year I want to really focus on the Nativity. Each person, each gift, each detail that makes the story of the Nativity the very foundation of the Gospel message.
I have put together a “12 Days at the Nativity” Study to use with the children, leading up to Christmas.
This study can be used in several different ways. I realize this is the 4th of December, but it’s not too late to start. Here’s how!
Option 1: You can start it today and complete one lesson today and tomorrow and then every other day after that (odd days) leading up to Christmas morning.
Option 2: You can wait until the 14th and do one lesson everyday leading up to Christmas morning.
Either way, you will still be able to complete the assigned daily reading, answer the related questions and utilize the corresponding notebooking page and ending on Christmas morning. I have also included several extras you can use, especially with little ones. There is a poster with each days focus person or object and verse(s), several printable scenery pages as well as puppets you can print out for your little ones to recreate the Nativity story.
So, how can you use this printable pack? Here are some ideas we will be doing with ours.
- Print and laminate the verse posters to use and/or post each day.
- Read the assigned passage together as a family.
- Discuss and answer the questions pertaining to the Scripture and focus person/object.
- Print the puppets on cardstock and even laminate them, so they will last and hold up to little hands.
- Use the puppets as play scenes with playdough or to have little ones recreate the story from the day.
As we near Christmas this year, let us be more intentional in our approach to the Nativity and Jesus, the Prince of Peace this Christmas season. I encourage you to download this FREE 12 Days to the Nativity Study to work through with your family. And if you’re looking for some other Nativity activities to include, be sure to check out the others we have.
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