The Family Nativity {Giveaway}

We have a guest post today from Marilee Woodfield!  We are so happy to have her here at Together with Family!

nativity2Excerpted from the 12-Day Nativity: Christmas Activities for a Christ-Centered Home, (Cedar Fort Publishing, 2015)

As a child I remember my family having one nativity set that was displayed each year. It was a simple white set made of plaster, and the stable was built out of scrap wood and leftover paneling from our 1970’s chic basement. The set always sat perched on top of the piano, surrounded by twinkle lights covered with angel hair (a spun-glass product that is hair-like and white-translucent). The figures were not heavy, and it was always a challenge to find a spot where they would stand up in between the lights and angel hair. Over the years our family nativity grew in “character” as heads were broken off and re-glued, and delicate features became worn with use. The shepherds and wise men were referred to as the “German shepherds” and “wise guys”. My sister affectionately labeled the sheep as “cheats” before she could pronounce them otherwise. I was more concerned about the naked baby Jesus, and exasperated my mother as every time she passed the nativity she would find a dirty old rag or handkerchief covering the baby Jesus. When she finally discovered the responsible party, I explained that I thought the baby Jesus must be cold.

nativity1Somehow, the family’s nativity set ended up at the home of one of by brothers, and was saved from the Goodwill pile by my sister-in-law who knew I had begun collecting nativities. It had come to them as a “white elephant” gift exchange between siblings a few years prior, and it had been abandoned on a basement storage shelf for a few years. The stable is warped, and I have to re-set the nails every year. The figures have been broken and re-glued many times, leaving one to wonder what horrific tale of carnage they would tell. It is by no means the most beautiful nativity in our home, but it is one of my favorites. First as a symbol of happy Christmases past, and also because it reminds me of my relationship with the Savior – broken and fixed many times over, warped, not pretty, but loved and beloved just the same.

Do you have a family nativity for your home?  If not, find a favorite and pick a special spot to display it. If you have small children, you may want to consider a set that will withstand sticky hands and a few bumps and bruises. There are lots of ways to celebrate the Nativity this season, The 12 Day Nativity has lots of suggestions for getting you started with your family nativity.

The 12-Day Nativity  is to help families connect with God and share His love with friends and neighbors through celebrating “The Nativity” – one day, one character at a time. This book is full of activities, crafts and devotionals to help bring the Christmas Spirit into your home this holiday season.  You can buy the book at amazon here>

Giveaway: I have one to giveaway to one of my readers.  Open to US Residents only, to enter join the widget below:

Marilee Woodfield is an author, blogger, early childhood educator, and cake decorator.  You can find her preschool music work at, her fantastical cake creations at and her several teacher resource books as well as her latest book The 12-Day Nativity on, and at her blog which is dedicated to “all things nativity”.  She and her family live in Carrollton, Texas.

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  1. Charles Bradshaw says

    No, not at this time. I do not have one. when we moved, I gave all my stuff away. I have not purchased another one yet.

  2. andrea says

    We have multiple Nativity’s up at our house. One is just Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in stained glass made by my sister. Another is a statue of the Nativity scene and the pieces do not move but it was given to me by my grandmother before she passed so it is very special. The other is one I found on clearance so my daughter could interact with it and I wouldn’t have to worry if it was dropped and broke.

  3. stephanie baker says

    My parents did not do a nativity set while I was growing up, but I always admired the ones that my friends had put up. When I moved out on my own, it was a tradition that I knew that I wanted to have, but I was so picky about buying the perfect set. When I was visiting a family friend, I admired hers & asked her where she had gotten it. A friend of hers is an artist & had made it for her. I told her that I would love to buy a set from her if she would be willing to make another. Her friend was unable to do so at the time due to some family issues. I was disappointed & continued the search. Several years went by & I had forgotten about it. For Christmas 2 years ago, my friend eagerly waited for me to open my gift & I opened my own beautiful nativity set made by her artist friend. Since then, my friend lost her battle with cancer & I just put up the set for Christmas with tears in my eyes. It is the most special tradition I have now that I can remember the story of Christmas & also one of my best friends.

  4. Karen Drake says

    I don’t have a nativity yet, I would really like to have one but I don’t know where I would put it, I live in a small apt and have limited space but I would love to have one.

  5. Paula Hafner says

    Yes, we do. I have a small collection of them that I have displayed on a shelf in the dining room. I have several miniature ones in my collection and those are my favorite. I’m always on the look out for a unique Nativity or a miniature Nativity.

  6. Vikki Billings says

    I do put a nativity up for Christmas but not this year because I just had knee replacement surgery so I was unable to decorate this year.

  7. Candie L says

    We have not but there was a huge law suit over the one that was on the court house that all of the houses are now putting them up.

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