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by Melanie Blad of LDS Handouts / ga12082009

Melanie writes, "My mother-in-law introduced me to a new way to do the 12 days of Christmas when I got married. It was their tradition to give a nativity set one piece at a time over the period of the 12 days. I loved the idea and have done it every Christmas since. We pick a new neighbor each year.

You can get 12-piece nativities at Wal-Mart for about $10 or Walgreens for about $5. Because I do this each year, I purchase them after Christmas on sale for the next year.

You can do it one of two ways:

1) Wrap each present, label it with a number 1-12, and deliver all at once with instructions to unwrap one each night.

2) Deliver a basket along with the first piece with instructions to leave the basket out each night. Then deliver one a night for 12 nights.

We like to do the first option. If you start on December 13th, they unwrap the last one on Christmas Eve. If you start on December 14th they unwrap the last one on Christmas Day. We like to save the Baby Jesus for the last present.

Soooo...... I created handouts to go with each piece. Because each nativity set is different, I am going try to cover all the pieces. Sometimes there are more than one animal, so I am making more than one handout for the animals. Same with the shepherds. Just pick the one you like best.

CLICK HERE to open all of the images together in a pdf (takes a moment to load).

CLICK HERE to open title page 1.
CLICK HERE to open title page 2.
CLICK HERE to open the manger.
CLICK HERE to open baby Jesus.
CLICK HERE to open Mary.
CLICK HERE to open Joseph.
CLICK HERE to open angel.
CLICK HERE to open star.
CLICK HERE to open wiseman 1.
CLICK HERE to open wiseman 2.
CLICK HERE to open wiseman 3.
CLICK HERE to open shepherd 1.
CLICK HERE to open shepherd 2.
CLICK HERE to open animal 1.
CLICK HERE to open animal 2.
CLICK HERE to open animal 3.
CLICK HERE to open donkey.

* To visit Melanie's blog posts about this, click here.
* Melanie created her printables from a downloadable kit from Scrap Warrior
* To see other 12 days of Christmas ideas, click here.



Marcie Clark shared a fun idea to go along with this post.  She writes, "Thanks for the idea. I am using my Cricut to cut out dolls with nativity costumes and doing this with my activity day girls tomorrow night. We'll put magnets on the back and they can take it home to do with their families!"



 
Comments (20)
  • Anonymous

    love, Love, LOVE this! And I am going to do it!!

  • Anonymous

    I started this great idea on Sunday night, left the basket with instructions, first nativity piece and some treats. Returning every night, last night we found that the family has not been taking anything out of the basket!?! Any suggestions on what to do now? I was thinking about sending a "spy" to the house and casually say,"what's this basket for..."

  • Anonymous

    As a family we do something similar, only the first 5 days we do fun things ie cookie dough w/cookie cutters, frosting and sprinkles; a Christmas theme movie w/popcorn, candy etc; a Christmas themed book; a fun activity kit, whatever else we can think of. Then the last 7 days the family receives pieces to an 11 piece nativity set, along with an appropriate song to go with the piece ie the animals the song is "The Friendly Beasts". We've been doing this for years also. It is so much fun! I buy everything after Christmas for the next year to save money. We do 2 families a year. We also have a cute poem a friend of mine wrote that we leave the last day inviting them to do someone the next year. Each year we ask our bishop for names of families who could use a special lift and we choose from his suggestions. We are always anonymous, we hope!

  • Ellen Ender

    I just love this idea, and thought of printing onto fabric and creating a felt interactive book for my grand children.
    Would have to print the figures twice and then have a little pocket to take the figure in and out.
    Great little Christmas Quiet Book

  • Anonymous

    I love the idea of printing onto fabric for a quiet book, but how do you print onto felt???

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE this idea as well! I think with each item I am going to add a scripture reference. LDS.ORG has their catagory "Christmas" on the home page. If you click on this, you will find "The 12 Days of Christmas" scriptures listed under the ideas listed for families.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! Thank you for this beautiful idea. My son's 8 year old friend came over the other day and when she saw our nativities around our house asked us what they were. She had never seen a nativity before. My son asked if we could give her one for Christmas. It will be so wonderful to attach this to each piece so that she will know the meanings as well. I definitely want to add this to our family traditions. I think we take for granted that people know about Jesus and his birth, but we were reminded that so many people still don't know.

  • Patty

    We have been doing this about the last 15 years and it is a family tradition that is now starting in the next generation too! Each year the spirit lets us know what family needs this gift the most.

  • Becky Pulver

    I have looked all over for an idea like this. Thank you so much for doing the work for me. I have a few people that I need to bring Christ into their lives and especially at Christmas time. Thanks so much, Becky

  • Holly

    it says not to peak so they might be confused...

    Quote:
    I started this great idea on Sunday night, left the basket with instructions, first nativity piece and some treats. Returning every night, last night we found that the family has not been taking anything out of the basket!?! Any suggestions on what to do now? I was thinking about sending a "spy" to the house and casually say,"what's this basket for..."
  • Guest

    Thank you so much for putting this together. My family did this when I was little and it was an experience I will never forget, so I want to begin doing this tradition for myself and my family.

  • Chrisytrine

    So beautiful!! And a Great Idea. Just to let you know that this is the correct way to spell Frankincense & Myrrh. Thanks!

  • Guest

    This is a great idea. Did not want to offend anybody with my comment but the 12 days of Christmas are celebrated from Christmas Day through January 6 (12 days between the 2 dates)or Epiphany, the date we celebrate when the wise men arrived at the stable.

  • Guest

    I love this. I think I will try and find a Nativity that young children can play with and not worry about breaking for the families with young children.

  • Guest

    adore this, going to make for my god daughter and niece thank you

  • Mindy  - Answer to a prayer tonight

    Wow - this is exactly what I was looking for! The internet is so wonderful when it comes to sharing ideas like this. Thank you Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mindy  - A little twist

    Deseret Book has a little pamphlet "Christmas wtih the Prophets" (a condensed version of Laura F. Willes book). I am using your print outs and a quote from each of the 15 prophets for each day (some days I had to do 2 prophet quotes). On the 12th Day (Christmas Eve) we will give the pamphlet to the them and a copy of The Book of Mormon with our testimonies inside.

  • Anonymous

    Very cute idea! It needs some revisions--The wisemen brought Frankincense and Myrrh (not frankinscence and Myhr), and the little Lord, Jesus, lay down his sweet head.

  • Adam

    Great idea, but as someone else mentioned the 12 days of Christmas actually starts on Christmas day.. But this would still be something fun to do during Advent in preparation for Christmas.

  • Jeannie Brock

    this is adorable. I am going to do this with my daycare kids and put each piece in a separate little gift box they can open. (like the Easter egg story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus)
    thank you so much for sharing this wonderful gift idea.

    jeanniebrock

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