The Christmas Nativity | Costume Patterns and Ideas


Even as an adult I sometimes find it difficult remembering the true meaning of Christmas.  Everywhere we go we see presents wrapped under beautifully decorated Christmas trees, houses covered in lights, people wearing Santa hats and children getting their Christmas lists perfect and ready to send to Santa.  How much more are difficult must it be for my kids?  They are constantly absorbing the meaning of Christmas from the music on the radio or the advertisements in the mall rather than from the story of the Messiah. We internalize narratives much deeper than doctrines, and we embrace stories we are a part of far better than myths that lack any real context.

To cast off the constant noise of consumerism during the advent season, every Christmas Eve in my husband’s family (he and his three brothers) acted out the birth narrative of Luke 2 before opening any presents. He still remembers dressing up as a wise man, his mom playing Mary, and the year the shepherd chased the angel with his staff.  But most of all, he remembers his dad reading the story again and again, and the weight of what really mattered.


I want my daughters to know that they are participants in the grand drama of God in the world.  That they have a part to play in what Jesus is doing to bring his kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.  I want them to know all the joy, laughter, wonder, and imagination of being a part of Jesus’ story. Having them act it out every Christmas is a small to way to combat all the other stories of presents, trees, and Santa Claus that clamor for their attention, and remind them of the real and true story of this season.

I was so excited to be paired up with Brynn and her creative mind!  She's designed the most adorable nativity dress up (including little crowns, stuff for animals, and angel wings) for your littles to wear while reading and acting out the Christmas story.  My husband and I cannot until Christmas Eve this year :)


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Rachael is a saved-by-grace, twenty-something, wife to Steve and stay-at-home-mommy to two crazy girls.  She’s just a girl who’s learning everyday how to be a better wife, mother and friend and seeing more and more the constant outpouring of God’s grace in her life. You can find Rachael here: Website / Instagram / Email


brynn snyder

Brynn is a designer, wife, and mother. She has a BFA in industrial design and currently lives in Louisville, KY. Whitefield Design is a graphic design company specializing in Letterpress, Foil Stamping and Fine Art Prints. Most of her design work is focused on custom branding for wedding invitations and companies. You can connect with Brynn here: Website / Instagram / Facebook



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rachael green

costume design by
brynn snyder