This Primary Christmas Song Nativity is a great lesson the Sunday before Christmas in singing time. It may take longer than your allotted 20 minutes so plan accordingly. This also doubles as a GREAT activity for your ward or family Christmas party entertainment!
You need costumes for all the actors/participants as you would for a regular (non-musical) nativity. Costumes can be as simple as using bathrobes, sheets, extra fabric, etc. Here are a few more ideas for costumes:
“Poster” nativity where each child holds up a poster costume, similar to Children All Over the World posters.
Or the December 2023 Friend Magazine suggests nativity costumes made from paper plates.
Amazon has costumes as well (Amazon affiliate links):
Also bring a doll for the baby Jesus – unless one of the small nursery children are willing ;).
These are the scriptures to read along with the corresponding Primary song to sing after each scripture is read:
- Helaman 14:2 – 13 (Samuel the Lamanite on the Wall) – Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus
- Luke 2:1, 4-5 (Joseph & Mary traveling) – When Joseph Went to Bethlehem
- Luke: 2:7 (The Nativity) – Away in a Manger
- Luke 2:8 – 10 (The Announcement of Christ’s Birth to the Shepherds) – Stars Were Gleaming
- Luke 2:11 (The Birth of Jesus) – The Nativity Song
- Christmas Bells (optional but it’s fun especially with the handbells)
Nativity Singing Time Idea
- Have Samuel up on a wall (chair) with other Primary children below shooting “arrows” at him, not listening, etc.
- Have someone hold the decree from Caesar, then Joseph and Mary wearily traveling (not sure how you’d do the donkey – maybe a poster!)
- Mary, Joseph & Baby Jesus only
- Shepherds and the angel telling them to fear not
- The nativity again with the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Wise Men, angels and all cast members.
Ward Christmas Party
For a ward Christmas party, pass out copies of the lyrics.
These are also available in my Resource Library. Then post the words using this flip chart format for the Primary kids on the stage as well!
More Christmas Singing Time Ideas
Make sure to check out more Christmas singing time ideas.
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Christmas > Christmas Sing-A-Story.