“the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city, named Nazareth, to a virgin … Mary. --Luke 1:26-27
“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.
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
“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
“And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.” --Luke 2:3
“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
“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
“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
“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