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12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown Printables

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This fun tradition is sure to help your family remember the true meaning of Christmas! These 12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown Printables are free and make it easy for you to start this fun activity.

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!

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!

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 Idea - this is perfect for the family or to gift to a neighbor or friend! From overthebigmoon.com!

12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown

Items needed:


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.

12 Days of Nativity Countdown Printables! Makes it sooo easy to put together!

Match the bag topper to the appropriate scripture and nativity piece.

12 Days of Christmas Countdown - Spiritual Nativity version! This is perfect to help keep the spirit of Christmas strong!

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.

Spiritual 12 Days of Christmas Countdown - from overthebigmoon.com

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.

Christmas Countdown with Nativity emphasis - printable bag toppers and scriptures! From overthebigmoon.com!

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!

12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown with Printable bag toppers and scripture cards! From overthebigmoon.com!

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

If you’re wanting to start this tradition, make sure and purchase the amazing


You can download the whole set of Printables:

Download Nativity Countdown from overthebigmoon.com!

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.

Download the Blank Countdown Cards here! From overthebigmoon.com!


12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown with printable bag toppers and scriptures! Give it to your family or gift it to a neighbor or friend for 12 days! This is the perfect Christmas tradition! From overthebigmoon.com!

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

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Comments (51)

  • Thank you so much for sharing this idea. Your instructions were so detailed it was very easy for me to replicate. I am using them for the children in my Sunday School. I made a set for each child (or family if 5here was more than one child). It was a bit time consuming but definetly not difficult. The nativity I used had 2 different pieces than the one you used. It was easy to just print enough blank ones to substitute for the ones that were different.

  • Thanks for putting this together! I ordered a cute little nativity and I will be sending it to my sister missionary. She is going to love it!

    In case anyone is wanting to make new cards, I downloaded the blank cards and used Photoshop Elements to add the new words. The bombshell font is available for free. I just googled it and it came right up. My nativity has an angel, only one sheep, and the baby Jesus doesn’t come apart from the manger. So I replaced the manger card with a stable card and I changed one of the sheep to an angel. The scriptures work out perfectly!

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! We have 4 boys and our eldest is out serving his mission. This will be our first Christmas without him and I am printing everything right now so I can assemble and send this to him as part of his Christmas gift. My friend paints the little peg dolls and she released a nativity one, with all of the pieces. I purchase it to go with your cute printable. Thank you for sharing your talents! I am so thankful.

  • I love this! It was so fun to see that another family does this every Christmas. This year I’m making my own nativity ornaments for our secret nativity giveaway mission.

  • A sweet count down to Christmas. There is much confusion about when the 12 Days of Christmas begins; and since this post is about using the nativity scene I wanted to share the following: The 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 26; hence “of Christmas”. The 12 days lead up to the Epiphany on January 6. January 6 is also celebrated as the 3 King’s day (i.e. wise men arriving to present gifts to baby Jesus). The 12 days “of” Christmas is celebrated when Christmas, Jesus birth, has occurred; not prior to it.

    • Thank you for sharing this information! I was aware of this, but we choose to do it the 12 days leading up to Christmas! That way they have the complete Nativity for Christmas Day. I do think I’ll add this info to the post for others though! Thanks so much for the reminder!

    • You will need to import the PDF’s into an editing program or website. Such as PicMonkey.com, Canva.com and many others! Good luck!

  • I love this. My family has actually been doing this for a few years now. I thought we were the ones that came up with the idea. I love to see that other people are having fun doing it as well. It is such a great way to bring Christ into our celebration more fully.

    • Hey Tamra- I’m not sure what happened to the downloads, but I got them all fixed! You can now download them! Have a great Holiday season!

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