A Week for the Christmas Story
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“A Week for the Christmas Story,” Friend, Dec. 2006, 24–25, 37

A Week for the Christmas Story

As a family, use this activity to remind one another of the wondrous story of the Savior’s birth. Begin on December 18. (1) Find number 1 (the star) on the nativity scene. (2) Sing the song listed. (3) On page 37 find the item labeled number 1, cut it out, and glue it on the nativity scene in the outline that is the same shape as that item.

Repeat on the following five nights. Read the scripture listed, sing the song, and then glue the cutout on the nativity scene.

On Christmas Eve, read the two scriptures given at number 7, and then invite family members to share their testimonies of Jesus Christ. Sing the final song listed.

This activity may be done all on one night, if you prefer. You may also sing your favorite Christmas songs in place of those suggested.

Nativity scene
Nativity scene
Nativity scene

Illustrations by Dilleen Marsh

  1. “Oh, Hush Thee, My Baby” (Children’s Songbook, 48–49)

  2. Luke 2:1, 3–5
    “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (Hymns, no. 208)

  3. Luke 2:6–7
    “Away in a Manger” (Children’s Songbook, 42–43; or Hymns, no. 206)

  4. Luke 2:8–12
    “The Shepherd’s Carol” (Children’s Songbook, 40)
    Luke 2:13–14
    “Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains” (Hymns, no. 212)

  5. Luke 2:15–16
    “Silent Night” (Hymns, no. 204)
    Luke 2:17–19
    “Mary’s Lullaby” (Children’s Songbook, 44–45)

  6. Matthew 2:1–2, 11
    “With Wondering Awe” (Hymns, no. 210)

  7. Isaiah prophesied, saying: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
    Centuries later the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon also shared their testimonies:
    “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
    “For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
    “That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24).
    “Joy to the World” (Hymns, no. 201)