Before December even arrived, I’ve been thinking of a Christmas tradition or simple decoration that Yesha and I could do annually. At the same time, this tradition should instill in my daughter the real reason of Christmas – the birth of baby Jesus.
Thankfully, while I was listening to Sis Ditas Espanol, sharing about her yearly nativity at home, it’s as if a light bulb started to blink above my head, alarming me that this is the answer I’m looking for. I was instantly compelled and inspired to emulate her yearly habit.
But then, I got a dilemma. Where will I buy the materials I’m gonna use for our DIY nativity? And if I knew, do we have time before christmas to swing by that location?
So I thought long and hard. I was intially thinking of a Nativity made of paper dolls, or a Nativity scene made of clay. Both are creative, right? But the light bulb went on blinking again. Why not make a Nativity out of Yesha’s toys? She has Lego blocks, farm animals, mini toy people, and a baby! Perfect!
I dashed downstairs and grab Yesha’s baskets filled with toys. I dumped all of its occupants and rummage for the materials that we could use for her Nativity. And finally, this is our final product!
When I couldn’t find a star, it was Yesha who helpfully found it.
What’s unique about Yesha’s Belen, is that Princess Ana and Olaf paid their visits.
I placed Yesha’s little Belen on our altar beside our bedroom.
Yesha putting the toy animals.
The little girl could tinker with the Nativity characters whenever she wants. I’m so glad I was led to this idea. It’s simple, playful, and a perfect way to instill the true essence of Christmas in a child’s heart.