Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Family Night Nativity Play

We began a tradition last year of using our handmade Nativity puppets to act out the story of Christ’s birth. I made these, and hope to use them for many years. I hope my children will one day look at them and recall so many special moments we had together using them to retell the miracle of our Savior’s birth.


It was lots of fun and I was so happy for the enthusiasm to do this again this year. Hanna and Joe had both been asking me for a couple weeks when were we going to get out our puppets for Family Home Evening.

I read the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible while Jamie and the kids acted it out with the puppets. Afterward we talked for a little while about how different Christ’s birth was compared to Jesse’s.


After our lesson, we had some pretzel treats, the same treats we made last year for this Family Home Evening. Hanna and Joe helped me make them, just as they did last year.



Next, we watched another movie that has become Christmas family tradition—The Polar Express. We all really enjoy this movie. We watched it all snuggled together under blankets because our family room gets so cold in the winter time. There is something about this movie that Jamie and I both agree feels “magical”.

It was such good family night. I loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to spend the rest of this week and weekend all home together. I am thankful for this special time of year, for my family, and for all of the traditions we are continuing, and starting each year together.


  1. Sounds like a lovely evening, and your puppets are really cute!

  2. I don't know where to begin! First of all, you made those puppets? Wow, they are beautiful! That is a great tradition. We make those pretzel treats too. They are sooooo good. The Polar Express (book and movie) is one of our favorite stories. You are so right, it is magical. Last year, we went on a Polar Express adventure. Unfortunately, it wasn't as magical as I expected but we still had fun. It was a train ride that took us to the "North Pole". The North Pole was a bit of a letdown and the man who was telling the story there (he was supposed to be the boy all grown up) was weird - we thought he might be drunk. Anyway, we still love The Polar Express. GREAT post!!!!!!!!!!

  3. you made those!!! WOW i'm so jealous I wish i could sew I'd love to make stuff like that!!!

    they are great and I know your kids will look back at their childhood with such happy memories!!!

  4. I can almost feel how special this night was for you. Those puppets are wonderful, and pretzel treats sound very yummy. I am sure Christmas Eve will be even more special in your home.

  5. I love those puppets ... maybe I'll have to "glean" this idea from you!!! And the pretzel treats are so yummy and I LOVE That the kids can make them almost completely by themselves!!! So fantastic.

  6. I love your puppets. Did you follow a pattern or just make them up? What a great tradition!!! You really did make very similar treats and boy are they tasty. I'm glad you guys are having such a wonderful holiday together.

  7. I love those puppets! Merry Christmas!

  8. I am so impressed with those puppets! They are adorable. Do you have a pattern? I would love to make them, but I don't think I could ever do it without a pattern.

    Pretzels look really yummy. I am saving that idea for next Christmas.

    Happy Holidays!