Re-creating the Nativity can become a treasured family tradition in which all the children participate. You can make the costumes as simple or as complicated as you wish; the message is the most important thing.
Things You'll Need
- Bookstore/music Gift Certificates For The Magi
- Angel Wings
- Men's Bathrobes
- Women's Bathrobes
- Christmas Carols
- Baby Jesus
- Shepherd's Staffs
Decide who will represent the Holy Family. Choose a boy to be Joseph and a girl to be Mary. Jesus can be a real baby or a doll.
Assign parts to the rest of the participants. Shepherds, angels, the three magi, the innkeeper and miscellaneous extras can all be accommodated.
Design the set. If you're doing the simplest version, all you really need is a place to lay the baby.
Dress the cast. Use adults' bathrobes tied with sashes for all participants, saving the plushest velour robes for the magi. Use a white robe for the angels, and a blue robe for Mary. Dress shepherds in brown or black. Give the shepherds staffs made from old broomsticks.
Make head coverings using towels or scarves. Wrap towels turban-style for the magi, and add a fake jeweled pin to complete the look. Shepherds should cover their heads and let the remainder of the towel fall down their backs and shoulders. Give Mary a longer head covering that falls around her shoulders.
Make halos for the angels, or let them go without head coverings.
Provide gifts for the magi. These could be bottles of perfume, objects made of aluminum foil or gold foil wrapping paper, or jewelry boxes.
Have all the participants take their places. The baby should be in the manger, with Joseph and Mary at his side. Everyone else should be offstage to start.
Have someone read the story of the Nativity from the Bible (start at Luke 3), or from a book about the Nativity.
Participants should act out their parts as the reader continues the story. If desired, Christmas songs about the Nativity can be interspersed.
Discuss the meaning of Christmas with the children after the performance.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't worry too much about footwear, especially if this is an informal re-enactment.
- If your family pets are cooperative, their help could be enlisted to provide sheep and donkeys.
- If you want to spend a little more time, construct cardboard wings for the angels, and make a shining star from cardboard and glitter.
- Don't forget your camera. Your children may never look so angelic again!
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