Ideas for Keeping Our Focus on the Nativity of Christ

We are now well into/nearing the end of the Nativity Fast. Very soon we will be celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord. In the cultural “hustle and bustle” of Christmas, it is easy for us to be overcome by busyness and we can lose sight of what we are celebrating: the coming of Christ to earth, God incarnate! Let us find ways to focus on that, and prepare to celebrate it with great joy! Here are a few ideas that will help us to keep the Nativity of Christ at the forefront of our celebration.

 

Educational ideas:
This printable pdf (free for personal use) is full of Nativity-themed coloring pages and practice words for young children to read and write: http://www.mamaslearningcorner.com/nativity-coloring-pages/

For those who love to color, print these 24 coloring pictures with quotes from the gospels, that work together to tell the story of the Nativity: http://www.dltk-bible.com/advent/index.htm

Find other Nativity-themed coloring pages here: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/nativity-colouring-pages

Find action rhymes and finger plays related to the Nativity (among others) here: http://www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/action.html

Find a Nativity-themed word search geared at upper elementary students here: http://www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/puzzles/The_First_Christmas.html

Older children and adults will enjoy reading and pondering the poems in this collection which are Nativity themed: http://www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-poetry.html

Print this Nativity-themed word scramble: http://www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/puzzles/One_Night_In_Bethlehem.pdf

 

Play ideas:

Make these simple popsicle stick puppets for young children to use in their play: http://biblelovenotes.blogspot.com/2011/03/play-friendly-nativity.html

Print this charming Nativity set on cardstock for your children to color, cut, and play with: http://madebyjoel.com/2012/12/paper-city-nativity-scene.html. Or, if you prefer, this one: http://media.focusonthefamily.com/clubhouse/pdf/MyNativity.pdf

Going out to eat? Print and cut this tiny Nativity set, tuck it into an empty mints tin, grab a few crayons or colored pencils, and surprise your children with something to do that reminds them of Christ, while they wait for the meal to come: http://madebyjoel.com/2013/12/travel-size-paper-city-nativity-scene.html

Challenge your lego builders to make this basic Nativity set: a stable with star, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, manger, shepherd, and sheep:  http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/11/16/lego-nativity-set-instructions/

They could also make this tiny Nativity (“Project #4”) found here: http://frugalfun4boys.com/2014/12/05/lego-christmas-projects-instructions/

Create a basic wooden Nativity that will be played with and cherished for years to come: http://little-inspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/wooden-doll-nativity.html

 

12 Days of Christmas Celebration Ideas:

Consider reading together the devotional book “Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas: a Family Devotional in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition”  by Wigglesworth. Read about it here: ”https://orthodoxchristianparenting.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/gleanings-from-a-book-celebrating-the-twelve-days-of-christmas-a-family-devotional-in-the-eastern-orthodox-tradition-by-amandaeve-wigglesworth/

Older children and adults can study these sermons/quotes/writings, discuss, and learn from them together: http://www.antiochian.org/nativity/great-feast

Listen to Fr. Andrew George (Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Cranston, RI) as he talks about how Orthodox Christians should be preparing for Christmas and then celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas: http://myocn.net/12-days-christmas/ (about 25 minutes)

Find several brief articles offering great ideas and encouragement for Orthodox families and teachers on ways to prepare for the Nativity with children: http://www.goarch.org/special/advent/pfn_nativity_articles.pdf

Gather more ideas from this blog post: http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/family/articles/offering

 

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2 thoughts on “Ideas for Keeping Our Focus on the Nativity of Christ

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