A few weeks ago, I wrote about our family’s advent philosophy, but now that advent is actually upon us, I wanted to share a little more about our three favorite advent family traditions. We’ve got a big outdoor one, we’ve got a fancy mantel one, we’ve got a tiny tabletop one. And my mom is kind 9 days novena to the sacred heart of jesus pdf obsessed with them. She’s got dozens, from all over the world.
We’ve got the stable, plus all the add on sets, like the Wisemen and the Shepherds and the Drummer Boy. I love it because it really makes the story of Jesus’ birth come alive for my kids. For our other sets, we don’t put out the baby Jesus until Christmas Eve, but for the kids’ set we let them have Jesus right away. The story isn’t as fun without him. All of our other nativity sets are decorations, but the Little People one is the one that really means something to our family. If you don’t already have one in your home I can’t recommend it enough.
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We have had such good luck with our Lenten sacrifice beans that we wanted something similar to help the kids focus their intentions during advent. So, we started doing straw for Baby Jesus. I’ve since seen many other versions, but it’s a pretty simple concept. When kids make sacrifices or exhibit especially good behavior, they get to put a piece of straw into Baby Jesus’ manger. If they are good enough, then the Baby Jesus has a nice soft bed to lay in on Christmas Eve. We have a really great little wooden manger my dad built for us, but a wooden crate or a doll cradle, or even a shoebox would work. We use cut up pieces of yarn, but real straw would work also.