Celebrating The Twelve Days of Christmas Books
On the 6th day of Christmas Books, obSEUSSed gave to me
6 Nativity Activities (say that quickly 6 times)
and the Berenstain Bear Family.
Our family enjoys books and activities about the Nativity during the Christmas Season. After all, it is the Reason for the Season.
I created this wall hanging Advent Calendar with pockets that hold little 1 inch ornaments. The kids take turns adding an ornament to the tree each night before bed.
I found the ornaments, mini 2-foot tree and tree skirt at Big Lots. The first 12 ornaments are a festive set with Santa, snowflakes, snowmen and more. The ornaments I put in the last 12 pockets are from the Nativity so as we get closer to Christmas we discuss each figure and what they represent. The baby Jesus ornament is in the 25th day pocket so we can add it to the tree on His birthday and remember Him.
I hand stiched the numbers onto felt with embroidery thread, then I sewed the pockets on using an applique stitch. I keep the ornaments in the little box after Christmas.
FAMILY FUN ACTIVITY:
We try to act out the nativity on Christmas Eve as we read the story from the Bible. We use towels on our heads for a quick costume, although my mother-in-law just bought some simple animal costumes from Oriental Trading for us to use this year.
We also love the Little People Nativity set so the kids have a hands on activity to retell the story. (See below with books.)
Here are some great Nativity books that we have in our collection.