Maybe it’s the new baby, but Advent has FLOWN by in our house. Christmas is almost here!

I just had to re-type this because I’m pretty sure I have to say my favorite part of our Christmas celebration is the Mass. But a VERY close second is our At Home Family Nativity Play that we put on each Christmas evening.

that’s little Jack and even littler pregnant Betty

A few years ago, I sat down and typed up a script, based on Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 2:1-12. You can find the script here at Catholic Culture.

For a set we use an old cardboard box and some stuffed animals. Costumes are all dad’s t-shirts. Each person gets one for a tunic and one for a headdress. I also made some cardboard angel wings and found some sticks to be staffs, but you really wouldn’t need to do that part. I’m an over-doer. You don’t have to be.

who says there wasn’t a hippo in the stable?

Grown-ups and big kids read from the script, and for little kids I just prompt them what to say. Everyone sings along with familiar songs. It turns out really cute with very little advance prep.
Here it is in action:
(it’s only 5 minutes long)

note: I put together the script at Catholic Culture after this Christmas. I wanted one that was mostly just the Bible and couldn’t find one, so I made it! 

I’d love to hear about it if any of you try this at your own homes this year!

By the way: giant baby spotted hanging out with the stuffed nativity.

Look out, Baby Jesus!

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Right now it says it will ship mid-March. My publisher says it’s more likely to ship in February, but they can’t be sure. So right now, it says March. Hey, it’s only $8.99!

If you order the book as a gift on Amazon, you can print out this lovely certificate to stuff in a stocking or tuck in a card. Just click on the link to download the printable PDF!

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And, it’s Sunday, so here’s what Lulu and I wore to Mass:

Me . . .
Sweater: Banana Republic
Skirt: Gymboree (the girls had dresses that matched it a couple years ago)
Shoes: Steve Madden

Lulu . . .
Sweater & tights: Gymboree
Dress & boots: Old Navy

I’d like to point out that at 3 1/2 weeks old, Lulu has perfected the official What I Wore Sunday “Random Sideways Look Off Into the Distance.” She’s a real pro.

Thanks to the Ladies at Fine Linen and Purple for hosting.

Have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas!