Poor Travis is getting annoyed with all the traditions that I insist that we keep from my childhood. Clam chowder on Christmas eve, new Christmas pjs for the boys, Christmas cards, Christmas Breakfast Pudding, a live Christmas tree (and can we please chop it down ourselves?), and the list goes on.... and it includes Christmas Puppets.
My mom made a set of these for our family when I was little, and last Christmas we made these together for my little family. The boys were still too little to really care about them last Christmas, so I never blogged about it. But we've been playing with them a lot this week and it makes me so pleased!
Micah loves for everything to have an "official sound" that they make. You know, Santa says "Ho, ho, ho!" Cows say "Mooo."
So lots of these puppets have things that they say at our house. The angel says "Hosana!" and Micah carries her around saying "Ana! Ana!" I love it.
Anyway, here they all are. There's not really a tutorial, but here are some tips if you want to make your own based on the pictures:
Also, when I was a kid, I always wished that the bundled-up baby Jesus would velcro on and off Mary's arm, but as a Mom I changed my mind. I know that little bundle of joy would be instantly lost in our chaotic house. But it's a thought.
So. Good luck making a sheep. Call and tell me how you did it.
I loved these puppets when I was a kid. They seemed extra special, because we only played with them once a year. They were especially fun on Christmas Eve, because we would usually have a party with friends, cousins, neighbors, etc. And at some point, we'd all sit down and read the Christmas story. We'd pass out puppets to all the kids, and get to act out the Christmas Story (while still being forced to pay attention and be relatively still) and it was always a little silly as whoever had the Mary puppet pretended to ride the donkey puppet, or the Shepherd and the sheep, trying to cozy up so they could "walk to the stable" themselves.
What do you think?
I'd love to see if any of you have similar "nativities" or if you decide to make your own.