When November hits we start to bring those storage bins into the garage. They wait their until Thanksgiving has past and then on that Friday after we’re stuffed and lazy, we break out all of our favorite Christmas goodies.
I think it might be one of my most cherished memories watching my boys go through the bins and declare, “Oh! I missed this!” or “I remember this!” and “I love this!” as they unpack memories and traditions from years past.
Our simple store bought nativity sets is one of my all time favorite Christmas traditions.
I got the set a few years ago after someone recommended it to me, and I just love it! The set includes a nativity scene (of course, each character in the Christmas story, and a book to teach the story of Christmas. It includes Bible verses and devotions to use in anyway that fits your family. Some use the set as a countdown. I just let my kids play with it, and pretty much do whatever they want with it. My little one loves to rearrange the people over and over. There should be no rules with a Nativity set. That’s why I love this one. It’s not fragile. I think it cost $14.
The best part? Those little presents you see in the fist picture! Each character is found inside one box. The companion book focuses on each character one present at a time.
The kids love the anticipation of the presents, and there’s a sweet surprise ending in box # 7. It’s an empty box with only a mirror. The book leads you through the Christmas story and God’s heart for us. Then on the last day (or box) you open the box to find something very special…yourself.
What does God wants for Christmas? YOU!