This is my all time favorite Christmas tradition that we do with our little family. Every year we get a nativity set and wrap up each piece individually. Either in burlap or brown paper tied with big gold ribbon. We then pick one family to anonymously deliver each piece for the 12 nights before Christmas.
We have done this four about 5 years now. Every year gives us a new experience. What is wonderful about this activity is that it is simple, inexpensive and keeps your on your toes for the holiday season. There are many nights that I think to myself, "Oh we have to get out and go deliver the piece" and some nights it is not so easy to get all the kids in the car to make the sneaky delivery. But every time I pause to remember what we are doing it reminds me what the Reason of the Season. It also makes me think about each part of the story. The wise men, the shepherds, Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus.
We spend a few weeks as a family thinking hard about who we want to pick. It seems the past few years, not on purpose of course, we end up picking families that have big windows in the front of their homes that make being sneaky just that much more fun.
Last night we dropped off our first piece. We have large porch to get on up 8 steps, with two large windows by the front door. It is going to be tricky, but just great.
My tricky thing this year was finding a nativity set - no one sells them anymore (don't get me started) I ordered this off of Etsy. I love how simiple it is. You can find them here if you want one.
Hope you are enjoying this wonderful season! and hey Happy Birthday to little Think!