The Nativity Tree: 25 Days of Christ -

The Nativity Tree: 25 Days of Christ

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.

2011 Christmas Tree

Turns out it was one of my best Christmases ever. What do you think?

Would you have survived being stuck at homenot 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?

Nativity Tree

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:

ScriptureKeywordOrnamentCarol / Song
Day 1John 1:1-5LightCandle /
Candlelight Carol
Day 2Isaiah 1:1StumpTreeO Christmas Tree
Day 3Jeremiah 33:14-16BranchBranch /
Deck the Halls
Day 4Luke 1:5-10IncenseCinnamon /
Dried Fruit
Like Incense
Day 5Luke 1:11-17AngelAngelAngels from the
Realms of Glory
Day 6Luke 1:18-25SilenceSnowflakeSilent Night
Day 7Luke 1:26-38MaryMaryMary, Did You Know?
Day 8Matthew 1:18-21JosephJosephGod Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Day 9Matthew 1:22-25ImmanuelImmanuelO Come, O Come Emmanuel /
Glory (Let There Be Peace)
Day 10Luke 1:39-45RelativeRelativeI’ll be Home for Christmas /
There’s No Place like Home for the Holiday
Day 11Luke 1:46-56Glorifies
the Lord
El Shaddai /
Ding-Dong Merrily on High
Day 12Luke 2:1-5TravelDonkeyIt Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Day 13Luke 2:6-7No room
in inn
StableGood King Wenceslas /
Make Room
Day 14Luke 2:8-11ShepherdsCandy CaneThe First Noel
Day 15Luke 2:12Lying in
a manger
CowAway in the Manger
Day 16Luke 2:13-14SingingBells /
Ring the Bells /
Carol of the Bells
Day 17Luke 2:15-18ShepherdsSheepLittle Drummer Boy /
What a Glorious Night
Day 18Luke 2:19-20Glorifying
& Praising
Hark the Herald Angels Sing /
Joy to the World
Day 19Micah 5:2-5BethlehemBethlehemO Little Town of Bethlehem /
While you were Sleeping
Day 20Matthew 2:1-2Wise MenWe Three Kings
Day 21Matthew 2:3-6CamelO Come All Ye Faithful
Day 22Matthew 2:7-8StarStarDo you Hear What I Hear? /
Hope was Born this Night
Day 23Matthew 2:9-12Gold,
GiftsWhat Child is This? /
He is the Gift
Day 24Isaiah 9:6Government,
CrownNoel /
His Name Shall Be
Day 25John 1:14Word became
Jesus /
Happy Birthday
Jesus Cake
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.

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