Our Favorite Christmas Set – And a Giveaway!

A couple of years ago, our dear friend Lydia gave us an amazing Christmas Nativity and Storybook that has become the most beloved piece of our Christmas collection – What God Wants for Christmas:

The set comes with seven gift boxes, each holding a character from the Christmas story (except for the last one), a nativity scene to put all of the characters in, and a storybook that narrates in poetry form as you open the boxes.

Ali absolutely LOVES this set, and I am currently asked to read it to her (while she opens the boxes) at least three times a day, let alone all of the time she spends playing with the characters and boxes on her own.

The story goes through each character and how they fit into the Christmas story, all along hinting that in box number seven, we’ll find out what God wants for Christmas.

When you get to box seven, there’s no figurine in it – just a mirror in the bottom of the box.  It then talks about how God wants us for Christmas and presents the gospel in a way that kids can easily understand.

The book alone is a wonderful treasure, but the boxes and figurines really make it come alive and fun for kids in a brilliant way!

Ali has already spent countless hours unpacking all of the boxes and placing the characters on the nativity scene,


Examining herself out in the mirror at the bottom of box number seven and telling me excitedly that “God wants ME for Christmas!!”,


And then, because I guess even angels need to check their hair every now and then, setting the mirror up by the side of the Nativity scene, and matter-of-factly informing me that “That’s so that they can see themselves.”


After that, she has to line all the boxes up in numerical order (“Except for box number seven, because they still need to see themselves”),


And then her uber-organized life dreams are fulfilled!

At any rate, this set has been invaluable in helping us focus on the Christmas Story and in giving Ali an awesome Christmas Nativity set of her own to play with.  And I love how it ties the concepts of presents in with the Christmas story – how Jesus is a present for us, and we are a present for God.  It’s a wonderful way make Christmas make sense to kids!

Since I love this set so much, I wanted to share it with you guys, and the company that created it, Family Life, offered to send me FIVE sets to give away to you!

And, with one of the sets, for the Grand Prize, they’re also sending along another gift, “The Ultimate Christmas Party”, which isn’t available for sale but only for giveaways.  It’s a cookie tin that includes a booklet for planning and recipes, 8 “What God Wants for Christmas” mirrors, 8 printed postcard invitations, 9 Christmas tracts for children, 6 nativity cookie cutters, and 8 bonus favors.

ultimate christmas party

It would be an awesome excuse to have a kid-centered-Christmas get-together!

If you would like to win one of four “What God Wants for Christmas” sets or the grand prize of “What God Wants for Christmas” Plus “The Ultimate Christmas Party”, simply comment here to win!

Since I want to try my absolute best to get the winner’s sets to them before Christmas, the giveaway time limit is shorter than usual – this giveaway will be open until Wednesday, December 8th, and I will announce the winners on my giveaway winners page on Thursday, December 9th.  If you win, be sure to email me back quickly so that I can get your set out to you!

You can get up to three extra entries if you:

  • Tweet, blog, OR Facebook about this giveaway
  • Subscribe to OR Follow my blog
  • Follow me on Twitter OR Facebook

(be sure to leave separate comments for your extra entries.)

If you want to purchase this set, they’re available on Family Life’s website, or you should be able to find them at your local Christian Bookstore.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way to tell you about this product or run this giveaway.  I wanted to share this product with you because it is very special to us.  Obviously, my opinions are always my own, and Ali’s opinions are most CERTAINLY always her own.

Leave your comment below!


  1. Great giveaway! We need all the reminders we can get about the real reason for the season!

  2. aw, what a cute set! I’d gotten the little people naivety set for us to play with during the season a couple of years back, which immediately became a regular toy staple instead of the seasonal treat it had been intended for. and then we lost baby Jesus…. so it’s pretty much just become a barn with an angel.

  3. Raising hand like a mad woman! Please pick me!
    I love this idea.

  4. I follow you.

  5. My 3-year old would love this! It would be a great way to show him that he is God’s gift!

  6. This is adorable :) My family isn’t overly religious, but Beege has started asking questions about things, like “Why is there Christmas?” and it would be great to have a fun way to explain it to her.

  7. And I still follow your blog…

  8. and I still follow you on facebook :)

  9. I would so love to win this to share with my grandkids!! They’re a military family and this is the first year we’ve been able to spend Christmas with them :)

  10. I am already a follower :)

  11. And on twitter, too (prairiecottage).

  12. I would love to win one of these!

  13. And I subscribe to your blog…

  14. My kids are grown but they STILL love to do stuff like this. I’d live to start this tradition with my grandkids one day. What a treasure this will be!!

  15. You know I follow the blog. And this looks so cool!

  16. I also follow you on Facebook! No twitter though :-(

  17. This would be a great bday present for me since my bday is Dec 8 :)

  18. I also follow your blog!

  19. And follow on facebook

  20. This definitely needs to go on our Wishlist! What a wonderful book and idea.

  21. Love the idea behind this book. Would love this for Ella or a great present too. Decisions, decisions.

  22. I follow your blog

  23. And I follow you on facbook

  24. Leesha Fischer says:

    We used this in the 3 year old Sunday School class a couple of years ago. It is so precious. I hope I win!

  25. What a cool concept! I’d love it for my girls.

  26. I also subscribe to your blog

  27. And follow on FB

  28. I love Christmas stuff geared to kids. This looks neat!

  29. Sue Anne Reed says:

    Love this and it would make a great gift for one of my nephews / nieces. :)

  30. Sue Anne Reed says:

    Oh, I follow your blog :)

  31. Sue Anne Reed says:

    And, I already follow you on Twitter :)

  32. Sue Anne Reed says:
  33. I love this! I haven’t seen this before. If I don’t win, I might have to just buy one for Ethan.

  34. I posted about this on FB.

  35. I follow you on FB.

  36. I follow your blog.

  37. What an awesome nativity set and I love the last box, what a great way to explain God’s love to kids!

  38. I subscribe to your blog!

  39. I follow you on facebook.

  40. Kitty Engle says:

    Why can’t it be for adulys too? posted

  41. This is great. I follow you and I’m pretty sure I need this more than my daughter!

  42. This is great! Perhaps if we had this, Grayson would quit stealing baby Jesus from our nativity set.

  43. I’m a feed subscriber…

  44. I follow you on Twitter…

  45. Yeah I am so glad to see it put to great use!!!

  46. Love it! My kids are just getting to the age where they would understand & play with it.

  47. I subscribe to your blog

  48. I follow you on Facebook

  49. Very awesome giveaway!

  50. I follow your blog

  51. What a great way to get into the advent spirit! I love Ali’s pjs. :)

  52. Sarah Lockhart says:

    I would LOVE to win this. I am expecting my first child, and my husband and I want to always teach her that Christmas is about Jesus and the gift the He has given us.

  53. sandybowden says:

    Rachel, You have your mom’s teaching heart. Awesome tool! Me too would love to have this for my grandsons. I have #5 grandson coming in April.

  54. What an amazing giveaway! I would love to have this!

  55. What a beautiful set. I’d love to have one.

  56. I follow you on Twitter

  57. I follow the blog

  58. I subscribe to your blog through Google Reader!

  59. I follow you on Facebook!

  60. LOVE THIS!! I love the entire concept :)

  61. Also, am a follower of your great blog!

  62. I also follow you on twitter now :)

  63. I love this idea. We don’t have a nativity set so this would be perfect for my little girl!

  64. Pick me!!!

  65. I’m a facebook friend!

  66. I’m a follower!

  67. My girls would love this!

  68. Brandy Bates says:

    I would love to win this for my children!

  69. Amanda Bosque says:

    I would love to win! This is such a great idea – I have been looking for something to help my young son understand what Christmas is all about!

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  70. Brandy Bates says:

    I am a fan/liker on Facebook

  71. Amanda Bosque says:

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook!

  72. Brandy Bates says:

    I did subscribe to your blog!

  73. Amanda Bosque says:

    I already subscribe to your blog :)

  74. Amanda Bosque says:

    I follow you on Twitter and Facebook!!

  75. I follow you on Twitter and Facebook

  76. (Oooh – pick me, pick me…) This set looks pretty awesome. I especially like the sound of the seventh gift – so creative.

  77. I always read your blog but wasn’t sure what you meant by “follow” so I subscribed to your blog too :)

    PS I didn’t know you had a giveaways page, and curious I went to look at your link. It told me “You 404’d it. Gnarly, dude.” Not sure if that’s because it’s not Thursday yet or if something is broken but thought I’d mention it.

  78. we need a kid friend nativity set around here.

  79. And I follow your blog.

  80. That is awesome! My siblings would love one! :) Great giveaway.

  81. I follow your blog on google reader.

  82. I need e one of these. p.s. have you used Elf on the Shelf? If you or a friend has I wanna know what you think.

  83. This book sounds great!

  84. This is precious! Pick me! Pick me! :)

  85. I follow you on The Twitter, too!

  86. My girls LOVE little things like this. Thanks for sharing!

  87. ♥ it! The kiddos would have a blast with this!

  88. I am a follower too! :)

  89. & I follow you on twitter!! =)

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