Making it a Christ-centered Christmas is something we have to be intentional about in our Santa and present-crazed world!
One excellent way to do this is to have a nativity set on display for your Happy Home to enjoy each day leading up to Jesus’ birthday!
There are a ton of things you can do with a nativity set to bring the Christmas Story to life for your Happy Buddies.
Here are Happy Home Fairy’s TOP 7 Ideas for Fun with Christmas Nativities…
1. Fisher Price Nativity Set – Y’all. If you have a toddler and you do not own one of these, then I am going to pray that somehow you get one ASAP.
It is literally one of the most worshipful toys you could ever purchase. Sweet Mary has her arms raised in praise and there is a precious little angel that sits on top of the stable and sings “Away in a Manger.”
Last year he liked to run around carrying the Baby Jesus saying, “Je! Je!”
It filled my heart with so much joy that our son recognized the One who is our greatest gift.
You can find a set to buy HERE or check your local Christian bookstore or Target.
*Just don’t forget where you hid Him at the beginning of the month! :-)*
Another Happy Home I know uses Baby Jesus as a way to help their Happy Buddies stay in bed on Christmas morning until a reasonable hour.
The deal is – the kids are not allowed out of their bedrooms until they see the Baby Jesus in the hallway outside their doors.
When they see Baby Jesus (placed by Mom or Dad when they are ready for the fun to begin), that is the signal for the kids to come out.
Can’t you just see your Happy Buddies crowded at their bedroom doors, peeking every few seconds to see if Jesus has come yet???
And when they discover Him, a shout of, “He is HERE! Jesus is HERE!”
Place your 3 Wise Men figures in the farthest room of your house.
Each day in December, move the Kings a little closer to the place where the rest of the nativity is displayed.
When Christmas arrives, so do the 3 Kings. Isn’t that fun?!?!
Place your nativity set in the center of the table. Have everyone look at it. Then have everyone close their eyes.
While eyes are closed, one person (It) removes a piece from the scene.
When everyone opens their eyes, the first person to discover which piece is missing, gets to be It, and then the game starts over again.
5. Nativity Ding Dong Ditch – I found a great printable nativity set HERE that you can use as a way to bless your neighbors this month!
Simply print it out and put each piece in a different envelope.
Every day in December, knock on your neighbor’s door, leave the envelope, and run like the wind!
When they open the door each day they will find another piece to the nativity.
On the last day, bring a plate of treats when you knock, but don’t run away this time. Maybe your neighbors will show you their completed set – maybe hanging on the wall in their dining room??
What a fun way to fill your neighbors’ homes with the spirit of the season!
I also found this ADORABLE nativity printable HERE!
The Ding Dong Ditch idea can also be used with a real nativity set (just wrap carefully!).
6. Christmas Cookie Nativity Cutters – Do you make sugar cookies with your Happy Buddies every year?
Use these cutters to decorate cookies that tell about Jesus’ birth. Go HERE if you want to order a set for your Happy Home.
7. Nativity I Spy Bottles -The amazingly talented gal from the website Spell Outloud, created these I Spy Bottles using plastic bottles filled with craft pellets or rice, and then dropped in small nativity figures.
Her Happy Buddies play with the bottle – shake it up, turn it around and around, and the little nativity figures appear- magic!
Go HERE to find her instructions on how to create one for your Happy Buddies. They are REALLY EASY TO MAKE!