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!

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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.

89 thoughts on “Our Favorite Christmas Set – And a Giveaway!

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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