The Nativity scene illustrates the birth of baby Jesus in his earliest and humble beginnings. Children frequently re-enact the Nativity as a short production within a special Christmas church service. The New Testament in the Bible includes different perspectives of the Nativity. The book of Luke begins the birth story with the visit of the angel to the priest Zechariah, while in the book of Matthew, an angel appears to the Virgin Mary. Adapt a Nativity scene from the Bible, and choose an elaborate or simple background to help enhance the story. Interpretation or style of the Nativity production usually matches the culture of the host church and can be a guide in the direction of the adaptation.
Things You'll Need
- Baby Jesus
Write the cast breakdown of the biblical people and animals who appear in the Nativity scene. The cast includes Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus, shepherds, angels, wise men, farm animals, King Herod and a narrator.
List necessary props, and detail scenery and lighting. Props and scenery can include a midnight blue sky-mural, large paper star, manger, hay, shepherd's staff, jewelry boxes and a baby doll for the baby Jesus.
Outline clothing possibilities for simple costumes. For example, create a template for angel's wings or lengths of cloth for the wise men's turbans.
Create the set. Make a barn interior using straw or hay, and add an old wooden cradle or a box painted to look like a manger.
Transpose the Nativity verses into a dialogue for a script. Reserve longer speeches for the narrator.
Assign the different parts to the children, and set up a rehearsal schedule. Choose a Christian Christmas carol as a finale.
Tips & Warnings
- Shy or very young children can play animals with non-speaking parts. Older children may enjoy narrating or even co-writing the script.