I’m very excited to do Elf on the Shelf Nativity Style with my girls starting on December 16th and continuing on until Christmas Morning!
It was fun to create (with the help of a wonderfully creative friend and hubby) and I think the girls are going to love it!
Just like the original Elf on the Shelf, Little Bug and Sweet Pea will wake up each morning and go on a hunt for our Elf named Bob.
And there Bob will be – ready to reveal a piece of the Nativity Scene to them in a fun, exciting way that will also tell them the story of Christmas!
For each day there is 1) a poem, 2) a scene for the Elf that corresponds to a piece of the Nativity scene and 3) a Scripture reading.
To aid in planning purposes, here is a list of supplies needed: sonogram picture (Mary), popsicle sticks (Joseph), rocking chair (Baby Jesus), instant snow or flour (angel), cotton balls (sheep), Little People Farm (cow), stick horse (donkey), map (wise men), candy canes (shepherds), glow rings (star).
True to anything I do with my girls, there is minimal prep and most of those items are easily found around the house.
And here it is!
ELF ON THE SHELF NATIVITY STYLE
December 16th – Mary
Sonograms can help us see a baby in the womb
Mary knocked at the inn, but there was no room.
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” Luke 1:30-31
December 17th – Joseph
These wooden sticks can help you to make anything at all,
Joseph built all kinds of things from wood with tools and saw!
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:20-21
December 18th – Donkey
The donkey carried Mary into town to pay the King
From Nazareth to Bethlehem, they led him with a string.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. Luke 2:4-5
December 19th – Sheep
Jesus was born in a stable with some lowly sheep,
They shared their manger with the king so he could get some sleep.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Luke 2:8
December 20th – Angels
While the shepherds hung around and watched their flocks at night,
Some angels told them of Jesus’ birth and gave them quite a fright!
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 9-11
December 21st – Shepherds
Candy canes are yummy treats we get to eat just once a year,
A shepherd’s staff is shaped the same; they were the first to hear!
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:15
December 22nd – Cows
Jesus was born in a dirty old pen,
With cows and goats to welcome him in!
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger. Luke 2:12
December 23rd – Star
God placed a star to mark the spot where baby Jesus lay
The wise men saw it in the sky and let it lead their way.
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. Matthew 2:9
December 24th – Wise men
Some wise men came to visit Jesus when he was a boy,
They brought him gold and frankincense, and myrrh but not one toy.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and incense and of myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11
December 25th – Baby Jesus
Rocking little babies helps them fall asleep at night.
In the stable Mary rocked and held Jesus so tight!
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Santa or the traditional Elf on the Shelf, but I am very excited to use this as another teaching tool to instill the true meaning of Christmas in my little girls’ hearts!!