The year has flown by, and we all know 2020 was an ‘interrupted’ year. We have had to work harder this year than usual to keep our children encouraged. They’ve been fearful, sad, and uncertain at times. We finally decided to quit talking about the news, quit watching the news, and dwell. I’m referring to Psalm 37:3 when I say, ‘dwell’ – “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” With that, here’s the making of a nativity.
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.” Luke 2:1
As my daughter drew, we talked about the stable, it was humble, it was nothing fancy.
As we cut out the shape, we could only imagine the stillness of that special place.
We bought 4′ x 4′ plywood. Zoe is quite gifted in art. If you can’t draw well, try using a projector and tracing a picture. EZ Tracer is one brand.
She drew the entire set within a few hours.
“And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy-the Son of God.” Luke 1:35
Mary was a servant of God. “And Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to they word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38
We used a jigsaw and a small hand sander.
I don’t know about you, but it seemed like all Christmas decor left the stores after the big ‘Friday’ sale. It was sad to see some stores seemingly just ‘done’ with Christmas – we are just starting to celebrate the season fully here!
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.” Luke 2:4-5
“And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no room fro the in the inn.
“And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.” Luke 2:8-9
“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2: 9-10
Gather some plywood, spray paint, lights, and go for it. We drilled a small hole and zip tied the characters to a steel rods and put them in the ground. It really wasn’t too hard, and again, if you can’t draw, try the EZ projector.
Along with our making of a nativity, we gathered some good advent books along to read daily. Here are a few!
Keep your joy – nothing can rob us of celebrating Christ with fullness – not a lack of store shopping, or enthusiasm from the world, because we carry our hope with us daily.
Get to celebrating!