12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown Printables

One of the things we are doing this year to teach our kids about giving is our version of the 12 days of Christmas with a Nativity.

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We bought this Olive Wood Children’s Nativity Set on Amazon. I wanted one that was not breakable so the kids could touch it, that was small, and and also was 12 pieces. I bought 3 sets, so each of the boys could pick a family.

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I bought Wilton Clear Treat Bags to put the pieces in.

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Each day we will give them a piece of the Nativity with part of the Christmas story. On Christmas Day we will drop off the piece of baby Jesus. It will be such a fun way to countdown to Christmas.

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I created bag toppers for the bags with the nativity piece name on it. I also created scripture cards that correlate with the piece. Then it was as easy as putting each piece in a bag, stapling the topper on, and then connecting the bag to the scripture card. Here is how they look when put together.

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The boys are so excited! They have already figured out there will be 33 stealth missions that they will have to run when the families will be expecting us!

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We have done the 12 days of Christmas before, but I like that this year we are keeping it focused on what Christmas is really about.

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You can download the whole set of Printables:

I also am offering the bag toppers blank since you might choose to use another Nativity that doesn’t have the exact same pieces and then you can write the piece name on them yourself.

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This year our family is rejecting the commercialized version of Christmas. You can read all about our choice here.

Lisa

Previous author of Over the Big Moon. I shared my passion for home and family life! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my husband and our 3 amazing and busy boys!

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    Mellie

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    A truly lovely idea but doesn’t that confuse the children? The “12 Days Of Christmas” span from December 25 as day 1 to January 5 as day 12 bringing us up to the Epiphany on January 6. The advent calendar is for the preparation of the coming of Christ.

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    Nikki

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    Thanks for sharing this. I have been using this, this Christmas (2015) with my 26m old. She is loving it and looking forward to the arrival of Jesus.
    Admittedly we’re a bit confused about everyone else tipping up before Jesus, but I see what you’ve tried to do here.
    Non religious daddy thought Joseph, waiting on his own on day one, was the Inn Keeper! Hehe
    I’ve been sharing our progress on my facebook page
    http://www.www.Facebook.com/nwphotography and including your link. Hope this is okay.
    Many thanks again.

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    Sherrie McKinney

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    what are the missions your boys did with the nativity pieces? I wanted to look into it more and kind of get an idea of how this worked but I seem to missing that detail.

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    Sherrie McKinney

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    what are the missions your boys did with the nativity pieces? I wanted to look into it more and kind of get an idea of how this worked but I seem to missing that detail.

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      Pam from Over the Big Moon

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      Hey Sherrie – they just each took a piece to the family they chose each night leading up to Christmas without that family catching them. They knocked and the family found the piece on their doorstep.

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      Pam from Over the Big Moon

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      Hey Sherrie – they just each took a piece to the family they chose each night leading up to Christmas without that family catching them. They knocked and the family found the piece on their doorstep.

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    Martine

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    I was unable to download the blank tags. I just needed to divide one scripture into 2 for 2 of the figurines and I have a different figurine to add with another scripture.
    Thanks

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    Martine

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    I was unable to download the blank tags. I just needed to divide one scripture into 2 for 2 of the figurines and I have a different figurine to add with another scripture.
    Thanks

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      Pam from Over the Big Moon

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      Hey Martine- I just tested the link and it’s working. They’ll download as a ZIP file and the you need to uncompress them and then you will be able print them! Good luck!

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    Heather

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    I love this idea so much! Thank you for your generosity in sharing the bag toppers and scriptures. I too, would love to know the font you used, since I’d like to spell it “shepherd” instead of “shepard”. If you have a second to send me the name I’d be so grateful. Just read your post on canceling Christmas and wanted to tell you how I admire your family. Your children will remember the good feelings generated from this brave decision.

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    Heather

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    I love this idea so much! Thank you for your generosity in sharing the bag toppers and scriptures. I too, would love to know the font you used, since I’d like to spell it “shepherd” instead of “shepard”. If you have a second to send me the name I’d be so grateful. Just read your post on canceling Christmas and wanted to tell you how I admire your family. Your children will remember the good feelings generated from this brave decision.

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      Pam from Over the Big Moon

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      Heather- we just caught that yesterday! I will be correcting the printable and uploading a new version within the next 24 hours! Check back!

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      Pam from Over the Big Moon

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      Heather- we just caught that yesterday! I will be correcting the printable and uploading a new version within the next 24 hours! Check back!

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      Pam from Over the Big Moon

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      Hey Heather- the spelling has been corrected. You can re download the files for the corrected tag! Thanks so much! have a great Holiday season!

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    Stacie

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    What font did you use for the tags? I LOVE it!

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    Stacie

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    What font did you use for the tags? I LOVE it!

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    Christi Williams

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    Thank you, I am going to send this to my Sister Missionary for Christmas.

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    Christi Williams

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    Thank you, I am going to send this to my Sister Missionary for Christmas.

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    Tom-in-Rome-Italy

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    I had a class mate in high school whose father was a church minister, and the family never exchanged Christmas gifts amongst themselves. Their reason was that the stress and worry of buying the “right” gift for others and wondering what one would receive took away from the meaning of Christmas — i.e., the celebration of the humble birth of the Christ child in a smelly, dirty stable. (It would not have passed any of the modern day health or sanitation standards, that’s for sure!) I have no children, but I think you are doing the right thing for your boys by keeping Christmas simple and putting the focus where it should be. If you read history, you can tell that the advent of a rotund Santa Claus, and the emphasis on presents, presents, PRESENTS!! came about only in the latter half of the 20th century. (My mother who grew up during the Great Depression once told me fondly about receiving an orange for Christmas and what a treat it was.) Bravo to you and your husband, and may you have a joyous Christmas!!

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    Justi Lundeberg

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    I’m having the same problem with the non-blank cards. Do you mind sharing your scripture cards as well? I would love to use them. Thanks so much.

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    kelly thompson

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    having trouble getting the non blank cards- says i must log in?

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      johnlisa02

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      Sorry about that! Pam will be home in about an hour and can fix it for you!

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