Are you trying to think of ways to keep Christ the focus of Christmas this year?
Growing up, my parents wanted to make sure we never forgot the true reason for the season…even in the giving and receiving of gifts. Whether it was a new Bible, a new Christian fiction series, a Christian music CD, or something else, we knew to always expect at least one present to point our thoughts heavenward.
Even now, my parents continue this tradition as they buy for the grandkids, and I also see the tradition with my in-laws who strive to give a nativity set to each of their grandchildren on their first Christmas.
For our family, the nativity is an important part of why we celebrate Christmas. Without the story of the Christ child, there wouldn’t even be a Christmas.The nativity is a symbol of new life come to earth. Through Him we can have NEW life! Click To Tweet
Where Did the Idea of the Nativity Come From?
In 1223, Saint Francis of Assisi wanted to create a physical reminder of the true meaning of Christmas for his flock. Through this desire the very first nativity scene was created which has since become popularized to the common symbol we know it to be today.
While the accuracy of the nativity is up for debate, the concept of the nativity is an important one as it is a symbol of new life come to earth. It’s the beginning of Jesus’ message of “I have come so that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) It is also one of the remaining decorations to point our hearts heavenward during what is now becoming a more secular holiday.
There is No One Size Fits All
When you do a search online for a nativity, you will find thousands upon thousands of options for babies through adults. One of my favorite nativity scenes that I hope to someday have on my mantel is the Willow Tree Nativity Set with its rustic distressed wood look and beautiful figurines.
However, for the purposes of this article, we are going to focus today on the VARIETY of nativity gifts available. There are many more options than just nativity sets. You can also find books, puzzles, crafts, movies, and more, all focused on one thing–the nativity.
So let’s get looking at how you can make the nativity an important part of your Christmas via your gift giving. Here are some great ideas to get you started!
Nativity Inspired Christmas Gifts
Need More Ideas?
How do you like to keep the nativity in Christmas?