We use the time of Advent to get the children familiar with different aspects of the Christmas story.Traditionally we retell the story using our favourite book 'The Christmas Story', that the children can read and follow, together with a nativity set handed down to us from my family. This is a special set that is especially for the children to work with and use in their own way (with respect) as part of their own meditation.
Here was our first nativity story in photos for today. In the past we have retold the story every night at dinner time with the figurines. What is different this year is the addition of a few 'building materials' to create more of a scene for the children.
|The Christmas Story|
|The candle is lit, our story begins|
|Figurines lined up ready for the children to|
choose which ones they would like to 'act' out
|My husband starts with an Advent hymn: 'O Come O Come|
Emmanuel', 'Conditor Alme Siderum', or 'Rorate Caeli'...
|Reading together with my son. The story has not quite begun yet.|
You can see my son has chosen Joseph and a few Kings...
|The Angel Gabriel appears to Mary.|
|The Angel appears to the shepherd ...|
|The shepherd visits the baby Jesus...|
|The three kings visit the baby Jesus...|
|The Nativity set and 'stable' are packed away ready for next time...|