The Christmas Cabinet

The Christmas Cabinet is an Advent Calendar that creates a nativity scene. Starting December 1, open each day’s numbered drawer. Read the story on the bottom of the drawer or use the booklet kept in the slot in the back of the cabinet.. You may want to open the drawers with your family each night after dinner and discuss the questions in the book. You may even decide to look up the Bible verses included in each reading to learn more about the stories.

Use the figures from the drawers to complete your own nativity scene. When arranging the figures, consider placing the angels on top of the cabinet or hanging the star and heavenly host from a drawer knob. Be sure to put Bethlehem under the star! The underside of each figure is numbered so that you can return the figures to the proper drawer for use next Christmas.

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Daily Christmas Carol

Listen to the Story

Go Deeper

December 1


Over two thousand years ago in the hills of Judea, there was a man named Zechariah who loved God faithfully. . .

December 2


Mary was a young Hebrew woman living in Nazareth. She
loved the Lord with all her heart. God chose her to be. . .

December 3


Gabriel was the angel that visited both Mary and Zechariah. Gabriel told each of them not to be afraid. . .

December 4


Mary’s betrothed husband, Joseph, was upset when he learned Mary was going to have a baby. He loved her very much but. . .

December 5

Angel of the Lord

An angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph in a dream, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. . .

December 6


Remember Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth? They both faithfully loved God. Even though everyone thought Elizabeth. . .

December 7

John the Baptist

When Zechariah and Elizabeth’s son John grew up, he told people how to know God and how to love Him. John reminded. . .

December 8

Caesar Augustus

Nazareth, the town where Mary and Joseph lived, was controlled by the far away Empire of Rome. The Emperor. . .

December 9


Bethlehem is a little town in Judea, a few miles south of Jerusalem. Joseph’s family was from Bethlehem. . .

December 10


Mary gave birth to her son in Bethlehem. She wrapped Him in soft cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there. . .

December 11


The baby born to Mary was Jesus, the Son of God, the promised Savior of the World. . .

December 12


In the same region of Bethlehem, shepherds were in the fields watching over their flock by. . .

December 13


Suddenly, an Angel of the Lord appeared before the shepherds, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were. . .

December 14

Heavenly Host

Then a very large number of angels, a heavenly host, appeared with the angel of the Lord and they praised God. . .

December 15


When the angels were gone, the shepherds said, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing. . .

December 16


Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the days when Herod was king. After His birth, several Wise Men, or Magi, made their way. . .

December 17


When King Herod heard there might be a new king, he and all of Jerusalem were disturbed, for they understood that a. . .

December 18


Herod found out from the Magi the exact time the special star appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem: “Go and search. . .

December 19


After speaking with King Herod, the Magi went their way to find Jesus. The star, which they had seen in the East, went on before them. . .

December 20


When the Wise Men found Jesus held in Mary’s arms, they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures. . .

December 21


The second gift was frankincense, a type of very expensive incense made from the sap of a tree. During worship in the temple. . .

December 22


The third gift was myrrh. This type of incense, made from the sap of a thorny bush, was used in the temple for anointing. . .

December 23

Wise Man

The Wise Men traveled from far away in the East because they knew from charting the stars that a great King was about. . .

December 24


God sent Jesus as the best gift that anyone would ever receive. “For God so loved the world that
He gave His one and only. . .

December 25

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! You may have noticed that there is not a drawer with a figure for December 25th. No drawer can contain today’s figure, but our hearts can! Jesus was born so we could know him personally. . .