Nativity Game to ReMap Christmas

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Have you ever imagined yourself in a real and living role during that first Christmas? Have you wondered what Mary saw the day of her son’s birth? How did Joseph feel? Why did one star shine brightest? What were the shepherds saying to one another at that mind-bending event? What did the wise people wonder about as they stood before this miracle child? CrecheThe above game is especially fun to play with family and friends.

Here’s a holiday game that positions you and your family or students of any age inside the Christmas creche at its finest moments. In fun exchanges you’ll inspire dynamite insights at the nativity scene on Christmas Eve.  Why go to such sacred space in person? You can carry this game’s fun into family and friendship circles over the entire holiday! Everybody wins!

This much loved game brings together differences through real-life questions that trigger and build on imagination.  Ready to share unique points of view in fun new ways, through your imagination?

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Curiosity grows as folks bring the nativity to life together. Each player picks a task card at random, and then responds to a question from one of the nativity figures. Some cards invite the participant to ask a question to other players. In both cases – the character being addressed is circled. See critical thinking follow from topics and Christmas characters we all love!

Youth and adults love to work with these awesome holiday topics and leaders love to see the meaning of holidays spring into life. That’s how everybody wins with these materials! Actions such as articulating the wonder of Christmas through nativity scene attendants can change our brains for more fun in future festivities. A simple expression of kindness this game elicits to ourselves and others can upgrade our holiday into enormous delight.

Hopefully these ready-to-roll brain-based materials will benefit your learners and leaders as they do mine at middle, secondary, university levels and beyond. You will also find task cards and tips to create and play the game for diverse,  valued holiday traditions as illustrated below!

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Many people slip into depression over the holidays, and so it’s well worth noting how the brain upgrades itself to delight, based on actions we do. Each time we do one of the following, for instance, we lay down new neural networks for more of the same wonder in this magical season.

As our brains change our lives change. For example,  we literally activate new chemical and electrical mental states by doing what we’d like others to see in us. Yes, that includes moving our moods from miserable to merrier over the holiday, simply by acting in ways that celebrate grace. Above are a few examples but you may have better ideas for your holiday turnaround activities.

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