While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
I love to hear my little man try to say the word nativity. Generally when he uses the word, he's referring to our nativity scene - the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, Magi, and animals all sitting on our bookcase at little boy eye level. Our family nativity is fairly precious to me so we also have a Little People nativity that allow hands on time for little ones. My goal through our play with the nativity today was just to name all the characters of the nativity. Character play will help with story comprehension as we continue to read the nativity story leading up to Christmas.
Then, as I prepared lunch, little man worked on a coloring page.
Later that day, we went as a family to visit a live nativity. This particular production was quite impressive. We were led through a marketplace where merchants retold the story of Mary and Joseph's travels to Bethlehem. We were then introduced to some shepherds and their live animals in the fields when an angel appeared, directing our attention to a small stable. There we met the baby, sleeping in the hay. Seeing and even participating in the story really brought it to life for all the kids. Spending time outside, walking through the marketplace, and meeting the nativity animals was a fun addition to our experience.
If you can't visit a live nativity near your home, watch this video from Answers in Genesis with your older children exploring the truth ad the myths in the traditional nativity story.
Make room in your house. Invite someone who lives alone to have dinner with your family tonight. Send them home with left overs.
Melt one package of chocolate chips with 1/2 cup peanut butter in the microwave or over a double boiler, checking and stirring frequently. Pour over 4 cups broken chow mein noodles. Scoop the noodles onto wax paper into little haystacks. Allow to cool before eating.
Away in a Manger
No Room at the Inn
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale, by Martin Waddell
This is the Stable, by Cynthia Cotten