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 own 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. :o  And don’t forget to 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 more… enjoy!


Advent is celebrating the BIGGEST ROYAL COUNTDOWN EVER which lasted some 4000 years! It was promised way back in the Garden of Eden (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. Did you know that it is very possible that the Lord Jesus was born in the actual lambing cave used for the lambs born for the temple sacrifices? How appropriate if true – being 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.” Ann Voskamp




There are two free printable articles for kids by Paper Gifts for Estefany to help prepare your child for Christmas: A Future King is Born and The King of Kings is Born. Also available in French.

Royal Baby Article SAMPLE   Genealogy of Jesus Christmas free printable Article for kids




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 on their template; very cute; free printable

Christmas Advent

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

Advent story calendar  (redbird-blue) different parts of the Christmas story with matching clip art hanging on white tags; free printable

Advent – Christmas ideas for kids  (ministry-to-children) advent calendar and lots more fun ideas to keep the Lord Jesus as the focus of Christmas, like this one: Advent colouring bookmore Advent colouring pages  free printable

Bible verse Advent countdown for kids  (happyhomefairy) 25 Bible verses to countdown to Christmas day; Advent Nativity Cards with Bible verses on them telling of Jesus’ miraculous birth; Advent paper chain countdown a fun poem that attaches to a paper chain; Follow the star to Jesus 12 day cute countdown; 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

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 star is the pointer that shines down on Baby Jesus on Christmas Day; 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; 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; and you will find more Advent ideas here; free printable

Studying the Birth of Jesus – Advent Devotional  (mamaslearningcorner) My children and I are keeping it simple this Christmas Season. We are simply 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

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 fun games; free printable

Fun Advent Calendar to colour  (se7en) 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; another one with Christmas trees and a Nativity behind it; here’s one using Christmas trees and snowmen with a Nativity behind it; another one here with Christmas trees and snowmen; this one has dancing snowmen with different hats 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 fun advent calendar; a great way to share the real story of Christmas that is behind the tinsel; free printable

Advent calendar  (pdf; from the Bible Society) with Bible verses on a blue background; here’s a creative idea for this one: get your kids to design their own cover sheet to go over it with windows to cut out like the ideas above; free printable

Advent – what God Wants For Christmas is.. YOU!  (for purchase) Great Christmas Advent activity (similar to Resurrection eggs). It has little gifts to open each day the week before Christmas, with things in them like Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel to make up a nativity set; short daily devotional set to rhyme; colouring sheets; make an ornament; and other fun activities (e.g. scavenger hunt) to do with your own kids / grandkids / students / church. Remember to include your sponsored child in the other 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… :)

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

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

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

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

DIY Advent Calendar  (blog.etsy) using cute little pockets with bows; fill with Nativity ornaments or printables with Bible verses; made from felt but could easily be adapted for paper

Advent Bible verses  (lifeway) a list of Scriptures that tell the Christmas story to help your child see that the coming of Jesus was prophesied and anticipated long before His arrival and that the Christmas story began all the way back in Genesis 3. Their prayer is that reading these stories will remind families of God’s faithfulness and turn their hearts to worship and honour the King of Kings this Christmas season; more advent ideas

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

25 days of Prayer  (focusonthefamily) List the names of 24 people you want to pray for on colourful and decorated strips of paper. Tear off one strip each day and pray for the person listed. When you reach the end of your paper chain on Christmas Eve, pray and thank God for sending His Son, Jesus—the best gift ever!

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

Origami Advent Calendar  (homemade-gifts-made-easy) Make your own advent calendar using very simple origami gift pockets. Idea: 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.

Advent Countdown garland  (scraplifters) little packets to make; adapt to make everything nativity related

Make an Advent calendar  (themanger) a simple idea using pockets; adapt for paper for your sponsored child

Advent ideas for little hands  (truthinthetinsel; scroll down)

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 Advent reading plan based on another post about the Jesus Storybook Bible

Nativity Advent calendar  (edupics) Mary cradling Baby Jesus with numbers 1-25 on separate yellow stars; free printable

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 every day. Hmmm… this could be a novel Advent idea; and maybe give him a Christmas hat :) free printable

Names of Jesus – Advent activity  (thecraftyclassroom) featuring 24 images taking you through the names of Jesus; in colour or to colour; free printable (for subscribers)

Advent activity pack for kids  (allthingswithpurpose) Advent calendar; colouring; craft; handwriting; letter tracing; activities and more for younger children; free printable (for subscribers)

Advent Colouring Pages  (Activity Village) Advent wreath with candles; children looking at the calendar and counting down the days; free printable (for members only)

Nativity – Chocolate Advent Calendar  to purchase for your own children and grandchildren, complete with chocolate treats :)

Chocolate Advent Calendar  (stephenwaterhouse) a fun fair-trade Nativity calendar with Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus smack bang 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. For something a bit different. Your own children and grandchildren may enjoy this item for purchase; More chocolate advent calendars ideas here or use the ideas to design your own.





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