I dug deep into my files once again and pulled out a program I had on the Nativity. This would be great and easy to adapt for a Family Home Evening or a program for church or even just a primary class. I'm not sure where I got it, so if you are familiar with it, please let me know the author and I will be happy to give credit where credit is due. Enjoy.
One note: The idea on this program is to build your nativity as you go through the program. This can be a fun activity for the kids and will keep them engaged in the activity.
Christmas is a magical time of year. It is a time for remembering and celebrating. And what better thing to remember, and what better thing to celebrate, than the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Please join us as we take a moment to transport you back to that special and miraculous night, so very long ago.
AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all athe world should be btaxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called aBethlehem; To be taxed with Mary his aespoused wife, being great with child.
(Luke 2:1, 3-5)
So, Mary and Joseph journeyed to Bethlehem, a small village that had no idea the event that was soon to take place within it.
Sing: O Little Town of Bethlehem (208)
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
A mother with her newborn baby, and yet this was so much more. This was He, who the prophets testified would come into the world. This was He, who would bring us hope, peace, and exaltation. This beautiful baby lying in the manger was the promised Messiah, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords.
Sing: Joy to the World (201)
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is aborn this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
(Luke 2: 8-14)
Yes, “Glory to God” – what amazing news these humble shepherds were told so long ago.
Sing: Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plain (212)
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with ahaste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it awondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
(Luke 2:15-18, 20)
So, as the shepherds saw for themselves this glorious miracle, they shared the good news with others, just as we should do, inviting all to come unto Christ.
Sing: Oh Come All Ye Faithful (202)
Now when Jesus was aborn in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, aWhere is he that is born bKing of the Jews? for we have seen his cstar in the east, and are come to dworship him.
. . .[and] they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and afrankincense, and myrrh.
(Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11)
Sing: With Wondering Awe (210)
If we could only be as “wise” as these wise men were, and seek Jesus, and bring him our gifts of love and sacrifice. Remember, that although this is a time of celebration, it is the birth of our Savior we should be celebrating. This Christmas season, let each of us do as Mary did, and “[keep] all these things, and [ponder] them in [our] hearts.” (Luke 2:19)
Sing: Silent Night (204)