Dec 4, 2011

The Nativity Experience

Tonight was a great night in our home, a little bittersweet but still great.  All year long, ever since last January, my little family has been doing a fun family activity and tonight it came to an end.  We call it the Nativity Club but in reality it was more of an experience.  A really great experience for us all!

Last January, as a family, we picked three families to enroll in our Nativity Club.  We created a certificate to let them know what we were doing and then each month we anonymously delivered them 1 piece of a 12 piece Nativity set that I made.  Our first delivery, in January, was a wiseman and tonight we ended with our last delivery which was Baby Jesus in his manger.

With our Nativity Club we had two main goals:

1- To keep the spirit of Christmas with us all year long.
2- To not get caught.   

I'm happy to report we were successful at both.  Our super sneaky ninja skills paid off.

In addition to secretly leaving the nativity piece on the door step we would also include a treat.  The kids had a great time with this because they got to take turns on some of the months to pick what treat we gave.  We did a lot of baked goods but also did things like snappers for the 4th of July and Cider mix in September.  Some of the months the girls would write the notes and other months we'd include poems.  It really gave us something to look forward to each month.  Plus, every time we'd see these families we instantly felt connected to them.

Sadly, during the year, one of our families moved.  We weren't quite sure what to do but ended up just giving them their last few pieces and telling them it was us.  They had no idea and seeing their surprised look was really fun.  It all worked out but it still wasn't the same as being able to make the remaining monthly deliveries.  Luckily we still had the other families.   

So, back to tonight, tonight we made our very last delivery.  It was bittersweet.  It's nice to wrap up this 12 month project but it is also sad to see it end.  Here's what I will miss:

- how we had fun as a family being sneaky with our deliveries
- how silly we must have looked trying to sneak up to the houses 
- how we had fun shopping for and baking treats together.
- how we enjoyed wondering if these families knew it was us.
- And most of all, how it gave us the opportunity to focus on others instead of ourselves.  


All in all, I'm so glad we did this.  It most certainly will be one of those memories that we will talk about in the years to come and one that my kids will remember.  Plus, going into this Christmas season, there is no better way to start December than giving someone a little baby Jesus and knowing that you are starting the holiday season off with Him.

Just a quick little idea.  In January, a lot of stores will put their Christmas decor on clearance.  You could pick up a Nativity set and start your own Nativity Club.  I promise you, it's a lot of fun and will most certainly be an experience you will always remember.   You could also do a 12 days before Christmas and deliver one piece of the set every day prior to Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas!