Christmas Nativity ~ Advent

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Looking for fun Nativity Advent ideas to prepare your sponsored child or your family for Christmas? Try one of these. Anything not suitable or adaptable for your sponsored child, may be just right for your family. I don’t know about you, but I am nowhere even thinking about Christmas yet, but that calendar sure has a way of sneaking up on us. And check out the Christmas master list for 500+ FREE Nativity colouring pages; FREE Nativity puzzles, FREE Happy Birthday Jesus, FREE Nativity crafts, FREE Nativity stationery, FREE Nativity booklets, FREE Nativity posters, FREE Nativity paper gifts, and all things Nativity for kids… enjoy!





Advent is celebrating the biggest royal countdown ever, which lasted some 4000 years! It was promised way back in the Garden of Eden (read all about it in Genesis 3), and through the years, literally hundreds of tiny details were released along the way to many different prophets, just like enticing news snippets. Daniel was just one of these prophets. And ALL these tiny, extremely specific details were culminated and fulfilled in only ONE historical figure.

The person of Jesus Christ.

Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of THE KING OF KINGS who was also once a royal baby. In fact, the most special royal baby who was ever to be born. It has been suggested that the Lord Jesus may even have been born in the actual lambing cave used for the lambs born for the temple sacrifices. How appropriate if true, being, as John the Baptist introduced him, THE lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Awesome. God’s design is magnificent, even in all the tiny details. The Creator Himself who came to Earth as a tiny and helpless, but very royal baby with the greatest pedigree of all humanity ~ both fully God and fully man (i.e. the Son of God) ~ in order to reconcile us to Himself. He thinks you’re awesome. Don’t leave Earth without your FREE relationship with Him.

DID YOU KNOW:  John the Baptist was the last Old Testament prophet. His ministry closed off the Old Testament, in readiness for the arrival of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator Himself.

THINK SPOT:  “I want a Christmas that whispers — Jesus.” ~ Unknown





The Ultimate Royal Baby – FREE article for kids  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) and The Genealogy of Jesus Christ – FREE article for kids and matching freebies to help your child prepare for Christmas; also available in French; free printable

The Ultimate Royal Baby - Christmas article for kids; free printable   FREE Genealogy of Jesus - Christmas article for kids; free printable

Advent calendar  (sparklebox) a beautiful Nativity scene in full colour, set against a sunset background with the twinkling lights of Bethlehem and little doors that peek open. Use their background sheet, or design your own using their blank template; free printable

Christmas Advent

The hope of Christmas  (answersingenesis); The preparation of Christmas; The joy of Christmas prepare your students or your family for the real meaning of Christmas with these devotionals and games; free printable

Follow the star to Baby Jesus  (happyhomefairy) 12 day cute countdown; Advent countdown for kids  25 Bible verses to countdown to Christmas day; Advent Nativity Cards with Bible verses on them telling of Jesus’ miraculous birth; Advent countdown a fun poem that attaches to a paper chain; 12 days before Christmas – cards for kids  12 cards with cute graphics and poems that tell a charming rhyme about a piece of the nativity; each card has a Bible verse reference to look up and read during the 12 days leading up to Jesus’ official birthday; use them as gift tags, wallet cards or advent activity; more advent ideas for kids; free printable

Nativity countdown  (wewilsons) follow the stars leading to the baby in the manger; in colour or to colour; free printable

Advent – Stained Glass Nativity Scene  (craftinessisnotoptional) adapt for paper; the lovely pattern template is available for purchase or use the idea to make your own

Advent story calendar  (redbird-blue) white tags to hang up or use as a banner, with Bible verses telling different parts of the Christmas story and matching clip art; free printable

Christmas Nativity Calendar  (craftingthewordofgod) a manger scene to colour on one side, with a jigsaw puzzle of Bible verses on the back; free printable

Advent – Christmas ideas for kids  (ministry-to-children) advent calendars and ideas to keep the Lord Jesus as the centre of Christmas, like this Advent colouring book; Advent calendar to colour; more Advent colouring pages; free printable

Advent – countdown clock  (lbrummer) Follow the star to Christmas with this cute nativity clock to make and colour, that counts the days until the Christ Child is born; the pointer is the star that shines down on Baby Jesus on Christmas Day; free printable

Nativity Story – game  (flamecreativekids) printable board game (one version with words, and one version without words) showing the Nativity story where children get a bonus move if they land on a picture; Advent Journey – game  printable board game showing the journey to Bethlehem of the Magi, the shepherds, Mary and Joseph; make your own Advent calendar with pictures and activities; DIY Advent calendar  turn last year’s Christmas cards into boxes to make your own Advent calendar; Jesse Tree activity for kids trace the history of the coming of the Lord Jesus. Add an ornament each day that represents part of the lineage of Christ in this Advent activity. Follow the story path through the Scriptures as God gets the world ready for the coming Messiah, beginning with creation until the birth of Jesus. The tree gets its name from Jesse, the father of David; This particular version of the Jesse Tree uses 24 stories from creation to the visit of the wise men. For each day there is a suggested story to explore, a picture to colour in and hang as a decoration on the tree, a question to ask and an activity to do; more Advent ideas here; free printable

Studying the Birth of Jesus – Advent devotional  (mamaslearningcorner) keep it simple this Christmas Season by reading from God’s Word each day—no big Advent crafts or daily Jesse tree ornaments to make—just basic reading from Scripture about the details surrounding Christ’s birth; free printable

Advent Boxes  (icanteachmychild) 25 little boxes to unwrap each day with gifts and a Scripture inside them; free printable

Advent – scratch off activity  (minted) beautiful little cards to scratch off each day in black, white and teal; choose ‘advent download – fill in your own activities’ and custom-make your advent nativity calendar to suit your child; free printable

Jesse Tree  (blessedbeyondadoubt) the Jesse Tree is a story that is pieced together every day during advent, bringing about a complete picture of the Lord Jesus. Every day, a special ornament is put on the tree to help create a lovely Christ-centered Christmas tradition in your home – because it’s all about Jesus.

DIY Advent calendar  (blog.etsy) using little pockets with bows; fill with Nativity ornaments or printables with Bible verses; this one is made from felt but could easily be adapted for paper; free printable

Origami Advent calendar  (jsadw) using little origami boxes; hidden behind each ‘door’ is a Bible verse and add some Christmas treats like Nativity stickers to encourage children to seek Jesus; free printable

DIY Origami Advent calendar  (homemade-gifts-made-easy) Make your own advent calendar using very simple origami gift pockets. Make with brightly coloured Christmas Nativity wrapping paper or one of these free printable Nativity | gift | wrapping | papers. Ideas for little treats you could include in each pocket: Nativity stickers; Christmas Bible verses; messages of God’s love to your child; notes of love from you to your child.

DIY Advent Calendar  (se7en) to make and colour; cut out the windows of a cute village scene to reveal a hidden Nativity behind it; here’s one with Christmas trees and a Nativity behind it. Remove the old dates before you print, cover with a sticker, or if you or your child enjoy doodling, use the idea to make your own advent calendar to colour; a great way to share the real story of Christmas behind the tinsel; free printable

Christmas story – calendar cards  (Christianpreschoolprintables; scroll down to ‘Christmas story calendar cards’) a free set of Nativity Story Advent Cards that fit your Calendar Pocket Chart. Follow along the Christmas story from Mary’s Good News through to the birth of the Lord Jesus; also a ‘Names of Jesus advent craft’; free printable

Advent Christmas chain – craft  (flandersfamily) Bible verses are printed on strips of coloured paper and made into a decoration where one link is removed each day and the Bible verse is read; free printable

Make an Advent calendar  (themanger) a simple idea using pockets; and could easily be adapted for paper

Christmas countdown fun  (adrielbooker) 150+ Christmas countdown activities to choose from (mostly for your own family): fun at home, outings, serving others, in the kitchen, decorating, faith-based, crafting, movies, winter, summer, etc. Skim through them and see what may be suitable or adaptable for your sponsored child. Also have a look at the Bible verses Advent reading plan

Advent ideas for little hands  (truthinthetinsel) different craft activites to make each day

Advent – what God wants for Christmas is.. YOU!  (link removed, but a great Christmas Advent activity, similar to ‘Resurrection eggs’). It has little gifts to open each day before Christmas, with things in them like Mary, Joseph, animals, Angel Gabriel to make up a nativity set. Include your sponsored child in your family activities and send them the pics. On the last day, what God wants for Christmas is revealed to be “YOU!” Inside the last gift box is a mirror. I looked up mirror coated paper to try and think about doing my own paper version for my kids, but the site I found wanted me to buy it per ton. Hmmm, maybe not.  :)

Butler (Business) Card Holder  (digitprop) your child will enjoy making their own fun butler, complete with black tie, to store their Christmas Bible verses | wallet cards that you make for them. He will hold up and solemnly display a new Bible verse for you every day. Hmmm… this could be a novel Advent idea; and maybe give him a Christmas hat :) free printable

Nativity – Chocolate Advent calendar  (vermontChristmasco; scroll down) various Nativity designs for your own children and grandchildren, complete with chocolate treats; they also have other Advent Calendars (e.g. with stickers); for purchase

Nativity – Chocolate Advent calendar  (link removed, but a great idea) a fun Nativity calendar with Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus in the middle of a cocoa plantation and shows the processing path that the cocoa beans travel to become chocolate, which is then delivered by the Wise Men to the children dressed in their snow clothes. Your own children and grandchildren may enjoy using this idea to design your own.





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