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The Nativity Story in Twelve Scenes

The following photos, originally posted during the 2018-19 Christmas season, tell the story of the Nativity, from the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the arrival of the three magi. During the 2020 Christmas season I made the patterns available to congregations, groups, and families. Used in nine different countries, I shared a compilation of the films they made in Nativity Puppets in Quarantine .

During Advent in 2022 I am sharing patterns of Mary and the angel and Joseph,  ending with a final pattern on Christmas Eve, that will allow you to use the puppets in a manger under the Christmas Tree. The full set will be available in a story-and-craft activity book planned in 2023, so the templates are not posted in the Printable Library.

Joseph and Mary are traveling to Bethlehem to register for the census. Mary is expecting her baby soon.

Mary is taking a break to stretch her legs. They are nearing Bethlehem.
Mary feels that the baby is coming. But the only room left in Bethlehem is in a stable. Before Mary can give birth Joseph first has to get the ox outside.
The angel Gabriel, who helped with the delivery,  shows Jesus  to the ox and the donkey before flying off to tell the shepherds.
The shepherds are very excited to hear the news.
They adore the baby.
Far away three wise men see a star that tells them that a special child is born.
The ox and donkey nibble some hay while keeping Jesus warm.
The wise men have started their journey to follow the star, bringing gifts for the child.
Soon Mary and Joseph are able to take their baby home.
For the wise men it is a long journey. But they do not give up until they find the child announced by the star.
When they finally find Jesus they offer their gifts and give thanks.


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