Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Walk through Christmas

This year at church we are having a 'Walk through Christmas' rather than a production. It is open to anyone who wants to come and we have it on for three days altogether. A couple of us have been working on the concept for about 4 months and about halfway through a team joined us to do do sewing, baking, painting and building. It's been so satisfying and a lot of fun.

So let me walk you through Christmas.

Mary is visited by an angel who tells her she will give birth to God's son. 
We made a cut out figure so little, or big, girls could have their photo taken if they wanted. 

Nine months later Mary and Joseph are making their way to Bethlehem 
to take part in the census decreed by Caesar Augustus. 
Mary is said to be riding on a donkey.

We were able to have a donkey for the children, and adults, to interact with.
They were able to feed her with carrots or apples 
and some of the boys had a go at brushing her down.
Everyone loved her. She was so quiet and gentle.

It was a long three day journey to Bethlehem.

As they approached Bethlehem Mary was due to give birth but there was no room left anywhere for them to stay. They found accommodation in a stable and Mary gave birth and wrapped her baby in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.

Angels also appeared to shepherds who were tending their flocks in the fields
 and told them of the birth of a saviour. 
" Unto you is born today in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord". Luke Ch. 2 verse 10. 
The shepherds decided to go and find the baby and when they had found him in the stable with his parents they worshipped him and went out and told the rest of the community.

The sheep were a collaboration between the Sunday school kids 
and some of the adults. 
The kids drew, copied and painted them and the adults cut them out.

Meanwhile there were three wise men, (kings, astronomers),
who were travelling from the East in search of the child. 
They called on King Herod to ask directions, saying
"Where is He that is born King of the Jews?
 For we have seen his star in the east and have come to worship him".
 Matthew Ch. 2 verse 2.
Herod was rather worried about this as he was King but he told them to go 
and find this new king and to come and tell him when they found him. 
Herod planned to kill the baby but the wise men were warned by God 
in a dream and after visiting the stable and presenting their gifts they returned home by a different route.


There is a film clip depicting the shepherds and also a chance
 for the kids to ice and decorate some star biscuits
 before they follow the star trail into Bethlehem. 
Mums and Dads get Christmas cake or truffles to nibble on 
while they are waiting for the kids to finish creating.
When they arrive at the stable everyone who wants to can dress up 
and have their photo taken in the stable with the baby.

Those who have been through so far seem to have enjoyed themselves.


I hope you enjoy what is left of the lead up to Christmas.
On Friday I am heading back into town with my girls 
and leaving my GKB behind. I have shopping to finish
and when I told him I the area I intended to cover
he decided to give it a miss. Coward, haha.



  1. What a fabulous idea. Well done.
    Have fun shopping!

  2. You did a great job!! I'm sure it will be enjoyed by many.
    A great idea.

  3. Charming !
    What a wonderful idea.

    cheers, parsnip

  4. OMG!!! Dearest Diana; What a WONDERFUL post this is to know the whole story about the birth of God. Thanks for your 'Walk through Christmas' for me, not a Christian, this post could give me the clear idea, my friend. You know what, I kept this post in my favorite :-) I LOVE your smile in the pictures♡♡♡

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in New Zealand, xoxo Miyako*

  5. HI Diana! Oh, what a wonderful thing to do. This would really make the Christmas story real to so many! I see your tiny little head poked into the Mary hole! :) Thank you for taking me on the Walk! Merry Christmas, sweet friend.
    Shelia ;)

  6. This is so beautiful. I really enjoyed the whole post.

  7. Diana, I'm glad I didn't miss Your fun Christmas post : ) The Children will retain more of the story this way I think.Looks like the adults were having great fun and it wasn't too much looks to Me-a lot of good times for all-Hugs to My far far away friend-Denise

  8. Lovely! Xx

    And all best Christmas wishes and blesings to you and your family from us in England.

    Denise and Andy xx


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