Forced into Isolation for 3 MONTHS. Starting 1-week prior to Thanksgiving. It was a Life or Death SITsheATION. Unable to go anywhere, or have visitors…..I was the “Girl in the Bubble.”
I almost died MAN – of boredom. Until…
my Mom got a 3-foot tree for me to decorate. She put it on the fireplace and then I made EVERYTHING on that tree. I did coloring, Popsicle sticks, Perler beads, kits from the crafts store, and my first popcorn garland. I stayed busy.
I went from boring “empty stuck-at-home” days to “busy” days. I did crafts, watched Christmas movies & cartoons, read Christmas books, listened to Christmas music, and helped Mom in the kitchen with Christmas cookies and a Gingerbread House.
Turns out it was one of my best Christmases ever. What do you think?
Would you have survived being stuck at home…not able to go shopping, play outside, go to school/work? Those days become pretty long with the same 4 walls closing in on you.
Focusing on Christmas
In my previous post, Advent: Preparing for Christmas, I mentioned how it seems as if our society is searching for peace & simplification. If you could “simplify” your holidays, what would you do? or, not do? What traditions would you keep or toss out the window? Who would you spend the holiday with vs. feeling obliged to make an appearance somewhere? Would you be OK with pizza or Chinese food? Or, do you have to have a turkey & ham…with all the trimmings?
Would Christ fit into your Christmas?
My Mom has us read the Nativity Story each year, even though they do it at church too. When I was finally able to read, we started to slowly read it starting on December 1. Each day we would read a few more verses and talk about the details and what we thought the people were thinking or feeling. What if you had been there in the fields as a shepherd? What if Joseph had knocked on your door looking for a place to sleep? If you were traveling with the Wise Men, would you have noticed anything different about this particular baby when you saw him?
I think by slowing down, we’re able to dwell on the verses and what was actually happening. Making a Nativity Tree is a fun way of slowing down and focusing on the daily story. It is like the Jesse Tree, but doesn’t start with Creation. It is also a wonderful Advent activity. I think it is a great way to help teach your children the Nativity Story as well.
As you can see, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy; just something that has meaning to you and your family. You can create new ornaments each year or you can buy them from the store. You can do all 25 ornaments, or just one a week. You can dedicate a smaller tree for this, or add your ornaments to your family Christmas tree. I think, as long as you focus on Christ, you can’t go wrong.
Free Nativity Tree Scripture Garland
One thing that is not shown on the tree above – garland. I’ve included links to my FREE Nativity Tree Scripture Garland below. Download both documents to create a 17-foot 2-color paper chain garland. Print each of these documents one-sided in landscape.
25 Days with Christ
To help you with this journey, I’ve gathered some ideas for each day. I’ll post a new topic for all 25 days. I’ll include the scripture reading, a Christmas carol link, links to a variety of crafts, & extra project ideas for the day.
I would suggest:
- Read the daily scripture as a family
- Add the scripture links to your paper chain
- Play Christmas carols while…
- Making your daily tree ornament
- Place the ornament on the tree as a family
- End with a prayer of praise & thanksgiving
Here is a listing of all 25 Days:
|Scripture||Keyword||Ornament||Carol / Song|
|Day 1||John 1:1-5||Light||Candle /|
|Day 2||Isaiah 1:1||Stump||Tree||O Christmas Tree|
|Day 3||Jeremiah 33:14-16||Branch||Branch /|
|Deck the Halls|
|Day 4||Luke 1:5-10||Incense||Cinnamon /|
|Day 5||Luke 1:11-17||Angel||Angel||Angels from the |
Realms of Glory
|Day 6||Luke 1:18-25||Silence||Snowflake||Silent Night|
|Day 7||Luke 1:26-38||Mary||Mary||Mary, Did You Know?|
|Day 8||Matthew 1:18-21||Joseph||Joseph||God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen|
|Day 9||Matthew 1:22-25||Immanuel||Immanuel||O Come, O Come Emmanuel / |
Glory (Let There Be Peace)
|Day 10||Luke 1:39-45||Relative||Relative||I’ll be Home for Christmas /|
There’s No Place like Home for the Holiday
|Day 11||Luke 1:46-56||Glorifies |
|El Shaddai / |
Ding-Dong Merrily on High
|Day 12||Luke 2:1-5||Travel||Donkey||It Came Upon the Midnight Clear|
|Day 13||Luke 2:6-7||No room|
|Stable||Good King Wenceslas /|
|Day 14||Luke 2:8-11||Shepherds||Candy Cane||The First Noel|
|Day 15||Luke 2:12||Lying in|
|Cow||Away in the Manger|
|Day 16||Luke 2:13-14||Singing||Bells / |
|Ring the Bells / |
Carol of the Bells
|Day 17||Luke 2:15-18||Shepherds||Sheep||Little Drummer Boy / |
What a Glorious Night
|Day 18||Luke 2:19-20||Glorifying |
|Hark the Herald Angels Sing /|
Joy to the World
|Day 19||Micah 5:2-5||Bethlehem||Bethlehem||O Little Town of Bethlehem / |
While you were Sleeping
|Day 20||Matthew 2:1-2||Wise Men||We Three Kings|
|Day 21||Matthew 2:3-6||Camel||O Come All Ye Faithful|
|Day 22||Matthew 2:7-8||Star||Star||Do you Hear What I Hear? /|
Hope was Born this Night
|Day 23||Matthew 2:9-12||Gold, |
|Gifts||What Child is This? / |
He is the Gift
|Day 24||Isaiah 9:6||Government,|
|Crown||Noel / |
His Name Shall Be
|Day 25||John 1:14||Word became|
|Jesus / |
|O Holy Night / |
Jesus Born On This Day /
Hallelujah (Light Has Come)
I hope you are able to create some wonderful Christmas memories with your family, while focusing on Christ.
- Related – Advent: Preparing for Christmas
- Related – December Bible Verse Bookmarks
- Related – December Handwriting
- Related – The Nativity Tree: Day 1 – Light