Favorite Nativity Resources for the Family

Nativity sets can be found in many homes during the Christmas season. They are a beautiful and meaningful way to remember the occasion of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Every November I spend a little time looking for new books, toys, and teaching tools about the Christmas story and especially the nativity scene. Today I’m sharing my favorite nativity resources with you as well as a BIG giveaway basket full of a few top picks!

 

Great books, teaching tools, and toys on the nativity.

Why I Love the Nativity

When it comes to teaching tools, I prefer resources that are truly biblically accurate. We know the wise men were not kings, did not arrive the night of Jesus’ birth (but when he was around 2 years old) and that there were probably more than 3 of them.

I am sure to carefully explain things like these when we teach the kids about the Christmas story, read Christmas story books, and talk about nativity scenes.  For me, nativity sets are more of a coming together of the major elements of the story of Christmas into a beautiful single picture of God’s entrance into the world as Jesus Christ. I love to use them to tell the Christmas story to my children and remind them of this beautiful gift. 

My Favorite Nativity Resources

BOOKS! 

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas book, right? There are so many fun books for all different ages. Here is one of my favorites, This Is the Stable – The kids love the repetition and we all love the story.

Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale is a delightful, big book with gorgeous pictures that you can really snuggle up with your kids to enjoy. We love it!

Find more of our favorite Christmas books!

Christ-centered christmas books for children

Nativity Sets

We have several nativity sets in our home, some of which are specifically for the kids. This one is my favorite Christmas decoration: a Jim Shore nativity set we received as a wedding gift! 

Jim Shore nativity set

This Fabric Nativity Manger set was a new addition last year and we love it. It’s perfect for babies and toddlers, and the kids enjoy packing everything in and then unpacking them as they tell the story. 

Of course, we have also enjoyed the Little People Nativity Set! We’re on our second one now because somehow we lost the first one. The littles love to play with this set, and all the pieces stand up well so it’s easy to play out the story.

 

This 18 piece handmade wooden nativity puzzle from Arts of the Heart is the newest addition to our home this year and I LOVE it! The pieces come out to make a fun puzzle for the kids, and they use them to tell the Christmas story and pretend their little hearts away. The pieces are sturdy, beautifully made, and you can display them all as one piece or with the pieces out and arranged on your mantle. We have the Easter puzzle from Arts of the Heart as well and it’s played with all year long!

Arts of the Heart wooden nativity puzzle

Teaching Tools

There are so many great Christmas teaching tools out there! Here are just three to get started.  The Christmas Story Lego Challenge is a new challenge here at Proverbial Homemaker this year. It’s a 12-day Bible reading plan with Lego challenge prompts, simple journaling pages, a memory verse with copywork, and more. Go get your copy!

12 days of Lego challenge prompts, coloring pages, memory work, drawing prompts and more! All celebrating the birth of our Savior.

Birth of Jesus study from Grapevine Studies. We did this last year and it was SO much fun and really stuck with the kids! We’re definitely doing it again this year. 

Birth of Jesus study from Grapevine Studies

What are your favorite nativity resources? 

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  1. Each year is different, but usually about a week or two before Christmas we put up our tree. It’s hard to keep the little kids from pulling on it, so we don’t do it too early.

  2. I aim to get the house decorated December 1st, but then life happens and it’s more like December 24th before it’s done.

  3. Christmas decorations don’t go up in our home until after Thanksgiving. However we do start baking in November to try to get cookies out of the way before December busyness, and we try to get our homemade gifts done in September or October for the same reason.

  4. We put up our Christmas decorations the Friday after Thanksgiving!

  5. We usually start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving.

  6. We have two birthdays in December so we try to put up Christmas decorations during the first week of December. It makes the whole month more festive.

  7. The day after Thanksgiving we put up the Christmas tree and all the other decorations.

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  9. I’ve already started putting up Christmas decorations!

  10. We begin right after Thanksgiving! We really look forward to this time of the year!

  11. Usually it’s not until the day after Thanksgiving.

  12. We start to decorate after thanksgiving. I get out all the nativity sets and our collection of Christmas books. We also get our advent activity ready. I change it up most years but it is usually some form of the Jessie tree. This year we are going to add the Jessie tree Lego challenge.

  13. we put up decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving or the first weekend in December.

  14. Checking out a few of these resources — thanks for sharing! We usually begin putting up Christmas decorations the Monday after Thanksgiving. It won’t be long!!

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  16. We decorate in the beginning of December.

  17. We start putting up Christmas decorations in December.

  18. We usually have our decorations up at the beginning of December in time for my daughter’s birthday on December 3rd.

  19. Excited about Christmas! We start decorating after Thanksgiving!

  20. The week before Christmas.

  21. We usually start decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving- but my 7 yr old is already begging to have the Nativity out!

  22. Of course, the nativity is my favorite, but if I had to choose something else, it would be the wooden pancake stack!

  23. We begin the Christmas decorating after Thanksgiving.

  24. The mini nativity.

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  26. After thanksgiving

  27. I usually start the day after Thanksgiving.

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  29. We pull out our Christmas decorations Thanksgiving weekend. We spend a couple days kicking off the seanon pretending it’s cold in southern California!

  30. We always wait until after Thanksgiving.

  31. I usually do fall decorations and then wait till after thanksgiving to start with Christmas:)

  32. I usually begin setting up Christmas decorations just after my daughter’s birthday which is December 2. But I’m contemplating on starting the set-up at the end of November. I can never get enough of the Reason for the Season! πŸ™‚ Thanks for a wonderful givesway!!!

  33. We put up some Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving, but mostly wait until the week of Christmas to decorate.

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  35. We put up Christmas decorations on Dec. 1. My husband is a big fan of Thanksgiving.

  36. No Christmas until after Thanksgiving here. πŸ™‚

  37. We decorate on thanksgiving day.

  38. We usually start the Sunday after Thanksgiving, with the biblical/faith based things – nativities etc, leaving the tree and Santa stuff until much closer to Christmas.

  39. I start decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving!

  40. Christmas decorations do not go up in our house until after Thanksgiving. We usually put up the tree the weekend after Thanksgiving or the first Saturday of December.

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  42. We start decorating for Christmas some time after Thanksgiving.

  43. we start decorating on black friday and sometimes if i’m not hosting thanksgiving, we will start during that week

  44. We put up our Christmas decorations the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving. We really want to fully enjoy fall and the season of Thanksgiving which I believe helps prepare us for Advent and Christmas.

  45. Our Christmas decorations go up right after Thanksgiving. My husband won’t have them any sooner, or I’d probably be putting them up already.

  46. The decorations never come down.

  47. What a beautiful giveaway. We start putting up after Thanksgiving. But we start listening to Christmas music and movies in November

  48. I love the wooden nativity set!

  49. We start the Saturday after Thanksgiving. My nativities are the first things we put out.

  50. We usually decorate for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. However, this year is completely up in the air because we are currently living in a travel trailer and looking at a closing date of December 16th. Plus, all our belongings are about 5 hours away in a storage unit.

  51. I love to put up Christmas decorations on Black Friday, or at the very least, try to put them up by the Monday after. It’s exciting!

  52. The first week in December

  53. We put up our tree yesterday but we will not put the Christmas ornaments on until the day after Thanksgiving. There are always some Christmas decoration out during the year especially my Nativity sets and special angels to honor lost love ones.

  54. We usually start the day after Thanksgiving.

  55. Due to family events, we don’t get to put our stuff up until the Monday after Thanksgiving. I always enjoyed putting it up Thanksgiving Day when I was a little girl – but only after the dishes were done πŸ™‚

  56. We start right after Thanksgiving.

  57. When I was little it was always the day after my sister’s birthday party. (She was born Dec 7). As a married adult, I haven’t found a rhythm for it yet. In theory, sometime in December. πŸ™‚ Life is really crazy at our house right now.

  58. We decorate for Christmas the first week or two in December.

  59. We begin decorating the day after Thanksgiving. I think my hubby would start sooner but he sticks to more cultural norms! He does most of the work!

  60. We usually start decorating for Christmas two days after Thanksgiving.

  61. Usually we decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving.

  62. The nativity puzzle is my favorite.

  63. We usually decorate right after Thanksgiving, but we don’t do the tree until a week before christmas.

  64. We usually put up our decorations Thanksgiving weekend.

  65. We put up our Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  66. We decorate the first weekend in December :).

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  68. I like to start decorating after Thanksgiving.

  69. We start decorating after we return home from celebrating Thanksgiving with family.

  70. We traditionally put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving.

  71. We usually start with a simple Advent wreath the Sunday after Christmas with the tree going up sometime that week. We don’t do a lot of decorating.

  72. We usually put ours up in mid-December but we don’t take them down until after La Dia De Los Reyes on January 7.

  73. Some of the wooden foods from Arts of the Heart are very unique and would make nice additions to our collection!

  74. We always wait for the day after Thanksgiving before decorating for Christmas. Growing up, we didn’t celebrate Christmas, so I tend to err on the side of a lot of Christmas. πŸ™‚

  75. We always put up decorations the day after Thanksgiving when I was little. Now that I have my own family, we’ve kept the same tradition.

  76. We put up decorations on December 5th, the day after my son’s birthday, so that we can help him not feel lost or forgotten in the holiday crazy. πŸ™‚

  77. The day after Thanksgiving!

  78. I love teaching my kids at Christmas and look for biblically accurate books and items. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

  79. october! i love decorations!!!!!!

  80. We usually decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving, much to the chagrin of my grinch hubby πŸ˜‰

  81. Our Christmas decorations go up the weekend after Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  82. We usually put our decorations up the first weekend of December.

  83. Day after Thanksgiving!!

  84. We start decorating right after Thanksgiving. Thanks for the chance to win!

  85. We go out and cut down our tree and decorate on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

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  87. As soon as we get Thanksgiving lunch cleaned up!

  88. I try to start decorating when my 1st Christmas cards come in the mail πŸ™‚

  89. We put up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving.

  90. Shortly after thanksgiving

  91. We start the day after Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  92. We start decorating at the beginning of Advent.

  93. We like to decorate at the end of November.

  94. I would say we start decorating for Christmas as soon as we get the stuff pulled out. Sometimes November, sometimes the beginning of December or sometimes we just don’t do it. It really depends on our medical appointments and how often we are stuck at the Children’s hospitals.

  95. We pull out the boxes the day after Thanksgiving. Our tradition is to put out all the nativities first.

  96. We always decorate for Christmas the weekend after thanksgiving. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  97. the weekend after thanksgiving!

  98. We put ours up on Thanksgiving later in the evening.

  99. We usually start decorating whenever my husband gets the tree down from the attic which is usually 2-3 weeks before Christmas. I’m not big on decorations in general so he has to take the initiative.

  100. I like to put up our Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving. thx

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  102. We put them up the day after Thanksgiving.

  103. The changing seasons tree

  104. We decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving.

  105. We start putting up Christmas decorations the weekend following Thanksgiving. πŸ™‚

  106. We like to put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving, but the nativity is first.

  107. We start a few days after Thanksgiving.

  108. We put up our Christmas decorations on December 1st! πŸ™‚

  109. We put our decorations up the day after Thanksgiving or at least that weekend!

  110. We start decorating the weekend after thanksgiving!

  111. thank you

  112. We usually put up Christmas dΓ©cor on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.

  113. We usually put up decorations on the weekend after Thanksgiving!

  114. We have the tradition of decking the halls the Saturday following Thanksgiving. We put on Christmas music and make hot cocoa and then watch a Christmas movie after we finish.

  115. I love the natural wood nativity scene and the tree with the different seasons from Arts of the Heart!

  116. We usually start decorating after Thanksgiving

  117. We start decorating our house after Thanks Giving. I work in retail and am not too happy with them starting the marketing so early. Our store was decorated for Christmas on Halloween this year and the Christmas music has started.

  118. We start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. I am excited to be able to get a real tree this year!

  119. I like the set of three pears and strawberry.

  120. I am so ready to start decorating for Christmas, but I try to wait until after Thanksgiving. My sons are 5 & 3 this year, so the magic of Christmas is especially exciting this year!

  121. We used to decorate 2=3 weeks before, but since I remarried 5 years ago, my husband likes doing it after Thanksgiving lunch…

  122. We leave our nativity set (it’s very small) set up year round on the mantle. We start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. We bring out a little bit at a time.

  123. I start the day after Thanksgiving.

  124. We put up a “Thanksgiving” tree in early November (filling it with notes of things we are thankful for), after Thanksgiving, the cards are taken down and ornaments added.

  125. We have children’s birthdays on November 19 and December 31, so we always put up Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving and take them down before New Year’s Eve. Plus, we believe in celebrating one holiday at a time.

  126. We put up Christmas decorations soon after Thanksgiving…we don’t have a specific day.

  127. As soon as the Thanksgiving decorations are taken down and packed away.
    Marilyn

  128. The wooden Nativity set.
    Marilyn

  129. We put up the Christmas decorations on Christmas Eve.

  130. Right after Thanksgiving

  131. Usually the day after Thanksgiving!

  132. Usually the day after Thanksgiving! It’s about the only time off we have πŸ™‚

  133. We start decorating after Thanksgiving, usually within a week or so.

  134. Our Christmas decorations go up soon after Thanksgiving. Typically, we are very eager and have them out the first day we are at home.

  135. We started the tradition of putting up our Christmas tree on Thanksgiving Day the first year we were married. Our family always comes our way for the holiday, so while we were all together, I liked the idea of putting the tree up together. And the tradition has stuck. Now it’s one of the favorite things for the kids after the Thanksgiving meal.

  136. Sometime in November is when we start.

  137. No decorations until after Thanksgiving at our house!

  138. The first sign of Christmas around our home is on the Saturday after Thanksgiving – when we play Christmas music while washing up dishes after our large family Thanksgiving celebration, and our outside lights are turned on for our guests as they head home. The first Friday of December is official ‘let the season begin!’ when Dad takes the children out to cut down the tree.

  139. We start the weekend after Thanksgiving.

  140. After Thanksgiving.

  141. We usually start decorating the day after Thanksgiving, but sometimes we’ve been known to do it sooner.

  142. Following my family’s tradition, I always wait until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas.

  143. We decorate for Christmas after Thanksgiving. My kids take turns putting the star on top each year and they usually sleep by the tree the night we put it up.

  144. We start decorating after Thanksgiving.

  145. The weekend after thanksgiving.

  146. We usually start decorating the first week of December.

  147. We start decorating for Christmas the first of December. (I make it part of our homeschool calendar time)

  148. I begin decorating the week after Thanksgiving. It is an ongoing process right up to Christmas as we do crafts and projects all month long.

  149. I usually start decorating after Thanksgiving but sometimes my college kids try to jump start it early so they have more time to enjoy it.

  150. We usually put our outdoor decorations up first, as soon as we are able after Thanksgiving. It is a little more unpredictable for our indoor decorations. We aim for soon after Thanksgiving, but life happens so it really varies. We put our Nativities out and then depending on my husbands work schedule, he takes a day off and we drive out to a Christmas trees farm to get our fresh Christmas tree. This has become one of our traditions. The same day, we stop at the bee farm and the fish hatchery which are in the same area.

  151. We start the day after Thanksgiving with Christmas decorating!

  152. We begin decorating our house the day after Thanksgiving. It’s tempting to start earlier, but we love Thanksgiving and want to enjoy it before Christmas time is in full-swing.

  153. I start decorating for Christmas when the first Christmas card arrives. I love to display the cards on our dining room table until they start interfering with dinner, then I hang the from a bead chain in the dining roon window or arrange them on the mantle. We put up our tree about two weeks before Christmas.

  154. We decorate for Christmas Thanksgiving weekend. Now, Christmas music and egg nog…that’s another story!

  155. We put up our Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. It might be rushing it a little, but it’s so much fun to get the tree as a family. I LOVE Christmas music, but wait until the day after Thanksgiving to rock out!

  156. After Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  157. We don’t start decorating until about two weeks before Christmas

  158. We usually put up Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving.

  159. The weekend after thanksgiving

  160. We start decorating the house the weekend after Thanksgiving.

  161. We set up our Christmas decorations on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

  162. We always decorate the day after Thanksgiving. πŸ™‚

  163. We usually decorate the weekend before December 25th, but we keep everything up until after Jan. 6th.

  164. We usually start decorating right after Thanksgiving.

  165. We start putting ours up the Saturday after Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  166. We usually decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving. Lat year, though, I was quite slow and didn’t do it until a week before Christmas!

  167. We usually begin decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving.

  168. Usually just before Thanksgiving.

  169. We usually wait until the first week in December to decorate! It’s really hard to wait though!!

  170. Right after Thanksgiving!

  171. We decorate the day after Thanksgiving. We’d rather decorate than fight the Black Friday crowds πŸ˜‰

  172. We usually decorate right after Thanksgiving! I have a lot of cute fall decorations outside on the porch and don’t want to get rid of them too soon! lol.

  173. In early December. This year will be different because we just moved. In Colorado we would go hunt for our tree in the forest generally the first weekend of December and that would start the season for us.

  174. We start putting up our Christmas decorations the week after Thanksgiving!

  175. We usually start thanksgiving weeken, but we are moving this year so probably a bit later then usual

  176. The day after Thanksgiving!

  177. We start Christmas decorating the day after Thanksgiving.

  178. We start decorating after Thanksgiving.

  179. I love Nativities. I make them from patterns on line and they remind me how much my SAVIOR gave up to give me eternal life. It’s humbling to know HE would have done that even if I was the only person in the world who sinned. So the Nativity reminds me to look to HIM ALWAYS.

  180. My husband says no Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving, so usually that weekend.

  181. Christmas decorations go up during the weekend after Thanksgiving Thursday. It is a great tradition, and we love it that we begin the Christmas season by linking it loosely with gratefulness.

  182. I love to start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving!!!

  183. We always decorate the day after Thanksgiving

  184. We usually start with a few things Thanksgiving weekend.
    The wooden train set (a Christmas toy at our house) comes out Thanksgiving evening as do the Christmas books, Nativity sets and homemade Christmas stockings.
    Everything else happens as time allows. πŸ™‚

  185. We always put up the tree the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, as long as my oldest son and step daughter are here (we have a blended family)-everyone has to be here! πŸ™‚

  186. We usually start December 1st bringIng the Christmas boxes out. This year we are going to try earlier, in November.

  187. Usually either the weekend before Thanksgiving or right after Thanksgiving.

  188. The weekend after Thanksgiving.

  189. We usually start putting up our decorations around my birthday, which is the 16th of december when our tree goes up.

  190. We already started decorating for Christmas! We put up our Christmas village 2 weeks ago.

  191. We start putting up Christmas Decorations the day after Thanksgiving.

  192. Well, I’d like to start the day after Thanksgiving, but we’ll see how that goes. πŸ™‚ I remember last year my then three year old one day just decided that we would do the decorations and I love that she initiated it.

  193. We begin the weekend after Thanksgiving : )

  194. It is different every year, but not until after Thanksgiving, that’s my rule!

  195. I think the nativity set is lovely!

  196. We start decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving.

  197. We start putting up Christmas decorations slowly after the beginning of December. We usually do it a little at a time as advent calendar activities.

  198. We start putting up our Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving. Any sooner and I don’t feel like we really had Thanksgiving!

  199. Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sometimes we get to it the day after Thanksgiving, while we are all home. Other years we are rushing to get the tree put up the day before Christmas so there is a place to put all the toys underneath.

  200. Thanksgiving weekend and continues through the next week. I am a tweaker!!!!!

  201. We’re putting them up this weekend!

  202. We start decorating the first weekend of December.

  203. We don’t begin putting up Christmas decorations until the beginning of December.

  204. We don’t begin decorating until after Thanksgiving. I love fall and want to extend it out as long as possible!

  205. I love the seasons tree! I cant get the link yo post right from my phone, though.

  206. We try to start decorating the day after Thanksgiving.

  207. We usually start decorating the week after Thanksgiving. This year we’re starting Monday! We take off school the week of Thanksgiving since my husband has off then too. So I thought I’d use this time to start decorating. We store our tree at my mom’s, so we’ll pick it up when we see her at Thanksgiving and put it up when we get home that Monday.

  208. We begin to decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. We love it! We decorate the yard and almost every room in the house!

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