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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!"



 
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