When I was young, I remember my neighbor having an advent nativity. The Mary and Joseph pieces moved along a path until they reached a stable on the twenty-fourth of December. I have always thought that the idea of an advent nativity is magical. This year I decided to make one for our family. I found lots of ideas online and eventually settled on one I found on this blog. The writer included templates for each piece and simple instructions on how to make it. http://cutesycrafts.blogspot.com/2010/12/nativity-advent.html
I was so excited to make this and I thought that it turned out well. Bee loves to place a piece on it daily. Something I wanted to add was a dialog of scriptures that could be read daily as pieces were added to the nativity. I had a difficult time finding one available in a digital format. I finally found one online and one from a friend that I typed up and combined until I had what I wanted. I am including the text here in case someone else might be searching for advent scriptures for a nativity calendar. The pieces were all hand sewn and it took me most of the month of November to complete it, just in time for December 1st. I did sew the velcro pieces on with the sewing machine.
This calendar has helped us teach our daughter the reason for the season and has helped us focus daily on the Savior, His birth, and His amazing life.
December 1There are twenty-four days until Christmas. Place the roof of the stable on your Advent calendar.
“the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city, named Nazareth, to a virgin … Mary. --Luke 1:26-27
December 2There are twenty-three days until Christmas. Place the walls of the stable on your calendar.
“The angel said unto her, ‘Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.’” --Luke 1:30
There are twenty-two days until Christmas. Add stars in the sky.
“And, behold, thou shalt … bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. --Luke 1:31
There are twenty-one days until Christmas. Add Mary to the stable.
“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest.” --Luke 1:32
There are twenty days until Christmas. Add the cow to the stable.
“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” --Luke 1:38
December 6There are nineteen days until Christmas. Place the donkey near to the stable.
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.” --Luke 2:1
December 7There are eighteen days until Christmas. Put another cow near the stable.
“And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.” --Luke 2:3
December 8Christmas is only seventeen days away! Place Joseph in the stable with Mary.
“And Joseph also went … unto the City of David, which is called Bethlehem; … To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.” --Luke 2:4-5
Sixteen days until Christmas. Put the manger in the stable.
“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes.” --Luke 2:6-7
Christmas is fifteen days away. Add the palm tree to the scene.
“and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” --Luke 2:7
Only fourteen more days! Place a shepherd on the scene.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” --Luke 2:8
Christmas is only thirteen days away!! Place the largest sheep near the shepherd.
“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.” --Luke 2:9
Just twelve more days! Add an angel to the sky.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” --Luke 2:10
Christmas is eleven days away. Place the second shepherd on the scene.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” --Luke 2:11
December 15Only ten more days! Place two more sheep near the shepherds.
“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” --Luke 2:12
Only nine more days! Add another angel to the sky.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” --Luke 2:13-14
Just eight days until Christmas! Place a star in the sky.
“And [the shepherds] came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” --Luke 2:16
Christmas is seven days away. Add the large star above the stable.
“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.” --Psalm 95:6-7
December 19Only six more days! Place the first wise man in the field.
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.” --Matthew 2:1
Christmas is five days away. Put the camel in the field.
“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” --Matthew 2:2
Four more days until Christmas! Place the second wise man near the first.
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him.” --Matthew 2:11
December 22Just three more days! Place the second palm tree to the right of the stable.
“and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” --Matthew 2:11
Only two days left! Place the third wise man near his fellow travelers.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” --John 3:16
It’s Christmas Eve! Tomorrow is Christmas.The Christ child can now be gently placed in the manger.
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” --2 Corinthians 9:15