12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown Printables

Hey friends! One of our families traditions each Christmas is to do our version of the 12 Days of Christmas! We order a nativity, print the back toppers and scripture cards and then give them to a neighbor or friend! Read below to see more details on the 12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown Printables!

12 Day of Christmas Countdown Idea - this nativity countdown is a way to keep the focus on the true meaning of Christmas! From www.overthebigmoon.com!

We always buy this Olive Wood Children’s Nativity Set on Amazon. I wanted one that wouldn’t break, so the kids could touch it. I also wanted one that was small and had 12 pieces. I always buy 3 nativity sets so each of my kiddos can choose a family to do the 12 days countdown to!

12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown idea for the whole family! From www.overthebigmoon.com!

12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown

Items needed:

  • Nativity – we always choose this one!
  • Wilton Clear Treat Bags
  • Printable Bag Toppers (found below)
  • Printable Scripture Cards (found below)

Instructions:

Take your Wilton Clear Treat Bags and put the Nativity pieces in them.

Christmas Countdown Idea from www.overthebigmoon.com!

Download the bag toppers and printable scripture cards below.

Take the bag toppers and staple them over the bags with the nativity pieces in them. Make sure that you are putting the correct bag topper over the bag with the coordinating piece.

Then take a hole puncher and punch a hole in the corner of the bag topper. Do the same to the scripture card that goes with the piece. Use some jute twine to attach the scripture card to the bag.

12 Days of Christmas Countdown Printables from www.overthebigmoon.com

Each day leading up to Christmas, the kids will give a family a piece of the Nativity with part of the Christmas story. Then, 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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Looking for a new Christmas Countdown tradition - you've got to check out this 12 days of Christmas Nativity Countdown idea!

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My kids always look forward to this tradition! It’s about time for them to start planning out their 33 stealth missions that they will have to run when the families will be expecting us!

Christmas Countdown printable and idea for the family to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas! From www.overthebigmoon.com!

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.

Looking for a new Christmas tradition? This 12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown is a family favorite of ours! From www.overthebigmoon.com

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.

Nativity Printables - 12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown tradition!  Help remember the true meaning of Christmas with this great tradition!

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

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Have a great holiday season friends!


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!

Comments (30)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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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