Day 10 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with Amber Smith)

Join us for the 12th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at karenehman.com.

Thanks for taking a break from your day and clicking your way over to day ten of my 12th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! If you’re just joining in, be sure to start at Day 1 here.

Our guest today is someone I have gotten to know through social media after I discovered she’d read one of my books. Amber Smith is a Texas girl, an actor, a lover of baking and coffee, the wife of country singer Granger Smith, and the mom of three adorable kiddos—two here on earth and one sweet son, River, who went to be with Jesus this past summer. I can’t wait for you to meet her. She is an incredible woman with an astonishing faith and she is giving away a tremendous prize today. (Seriously. I may just comment under a fake name and win the prize myself!)

But first, here is the Christmas idea for the day—ways to make the nativity come alive!

Day 10: Making the Nativity Real & Remembered

The nativity scene and story of Jesus’s birth may be the most dramatized, reenacted, painted, composed about, and otherwise depicted event in history. But how can you write the story on your family’s hearts, not just plant it in their heads? These ideas help, and the moments experienced with the nativity can be living memories.

Tell the Story Over & Over

For a keepsake to treasure in years to come, film your children each year telling the nativity story. Toddlers will be able to articulate just the basics about the Christ child, the manger, the angels and the shepherds. As they grow, more details will be added to their narration. Once they are old enough to read, let them read the story from Luke 2 out loud to be filmed. It will be fun to hear how their voice changes from year to year. A great present to give grandparents!

Give the Nativity

When each of your children or grandchildren are young, purchase a nativity set for them to have when they are grown and leave your home. Figure out how many pieces are in the set. Then, each year, give them one piece in their stocking, timing it so that they get the last piece the year they are 18.

Live the Nativity

Take in a living nativity experience. Many churches reenact the first Christmas by having church members dress up like the characters found in Luke chapter 2. Usually barnyard animals are included and one live nativity near us even had wise men on camels! Children especially love to drive by and see the holy family, the angels, shepherds and wise men. Return home for some hot spiced cider or hot chocolate.

Build Suspense Along with the Story

Place your nativity set out piece by piece, telling the Christmas story as it is found in scripture in Luke, chapter two.

The first night, place Mary out all alone, as you come to the part of the Bible where she is mentioned. The next night comes the angel who appears to her. The following night, Joseph appears and so on.

You’ll soon be placing the animals, shepherds, baby Jesus, and finally the wise men, who arrived a few years after Christ was born. This is a great way to make the Christmas story last over several days and the kids will look forward to the new character put out each night.

Go on the Hunt for Jesus

Hide a baby boy doll and on Christmas morning crank up a yuletide tune to awaken the kids. Then hunt for baby Jesus, just like the Wisemen of old. After He’s placed in a makeshift manger, read the Christmas story from Luke 2, before opening your presents. Reiterate the point you’re illustrating: Jesus before ourselves!

Day 10 Giveaway

Amber is giving away a ton of goodies: a large sweatshirt, 2 small t-shirts, 1 medium T-shirt, two Granger Smith CDs (one is signed), 2 Yee Yee candles, and one Christmas wood sign. And in case you missed it, our Grand Prize includes Granger Smith concert tickets, and yep, that’s Amber’s husband!

Amber Smith \\ Day 10 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at karenehman.com.

Giveaway rules are listed below. Enjoy!

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Amber Smith

Amber Smith is an actress whose work includes many national commercials and recurring roles on hit TV series including Dallas and American Crime. The Texas born mom of three loves to craft in her spare time making t-shirts and rustic signs. She also loves traveling with her husband, county music singer/songwriter Granger Smith. The pair tragically lost their youngest son, River Kelly Smith, in June 2019. While this loss has devastated their family, they have vowed to bring light from the dark, by creating the River Kelly Fund, designed to spread joy and help those in need, in his honor. To date the fund has raised over $300,000, including over $200,000 for Dell Children’s Medical Center, where their son received care, in Austin, TX. Learn more about the fund and the Smith’s mission here. Amber continues to share her faith-filled journey on her Instagram and on their family YouTube page The Smiths.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Rules

  1. U.S. Addresses only please.
  2. You can comment on all 12 days (once per person) up until midnight Pacific time, Sunday, December 22. Each day will be linked below for easy reference.
  3. One daily winner will be chosen from each day’s comments.
  4. To enter to win the Grand Prize (worth over $150 and includes a $75 Amazon gift card, and two admission tickets (with meet-and-greet) to a concert with award-winning country music artist, Granger Smith, comment on, and share all 12 posts. You can use the share buttons below or repost and share on Instagram (my fave!) and tag me @karenehman.
  5. All winners (including Grand Prize) will be announced here on the blog on Monday, December 23, and contacted via email. Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your prizes. 
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DAY 10 GIVEAWAY QUESTION:

Do you have a Christmas tradition that has to do with the nativity story? What is it? If you don’t, is there another favorite tradition you can share with us? 

Let us know in the comments and you’ll be entered in today’s giveaway. Remember, if you want to enter to win the grand prize, you must comment on and share all twelve days.  

Day 1 with Candace Cameron Bure

Day 2 with Alena Pitts

Day 3 with Jackie Drew/RadJoy

Day 4 with Courtney Joseph

Day 5 with Trillia Newbell

Day 6 with Ruth Chou Simons

Day 7 with Phylicia Masonheimer

Day 8 with Jada Edwards

Day 9 with Ruth Schwenk

Day 11 with Nicki Koziarz

Day 12 Grand Prize with Granger Smith (Amber’s husband)

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  • We love looking at the nativity scenes people put in their yards with Christmas lights. We are going this sunday evening to see what we can find.

  • I have our main Nativity set that takes center stage. Then I have smaller ones that we place throughout the house as visual reminder of Jesus birth.

  • I bought a new wooden nativity a few years ago so the boys could play with it & I wouldn’t have to worry about it breaking. They rearrange it often! Also, our courthouse has a new nativity on the lawn. I plan for our family to go check it out up close before we drive around to see the lights!

  • Before we recently moved to a new state, every Christmas we would go to the drive thru nativity in our town that also played the Nativity Story. I also read the Nativity Story to my children every Christmas Eve night before they went to bed and now I read the story to my 2 young grandsons. We also attend Church services, watch Christmas movies together, and bake a cake or have cupcakes for Jesus’s birthday.

  • Our favorite family tradition is decorating the house as a family at the beginning of December every holiday season!! We put on the Christmas music, divide up tasks, and enjoy family time together!!

  • One tradition we have is we put the manager scene out before Christmas, but we don’t put baby Jesus in it until Christmas Day.

  • Our advent wreath is actually the nativity scene so every candle we light is closer to baby Jesus and tying different people into the story. I love the idea of giving the kids a piece of their own nativity to have when they leave home.

  • We don’t really have a nativity tradition. I lost everything I owned when my kids were small and we are slowly gaining things back over the last 5 years. We have started getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve and watching a movie or playing a game together. We realize how blessed we are to be alive and know Jesus!! So I guess you could say our tradition is having time together.

  • My Grandma, Honey, started giving me an annual Nativity when I was in my teens. I have amassed a small collection of all different types of Nativity- homemade, clay, wood, ceramic. They are amazing! I now give a Nativity ornament to my friends so they can always focus on Jesus and set Him as the center stage in their homes too.

  • I always loved helping my mom set up the nativity, I plan to include my daughter in that when she gets older. For now she has a little play wooden nativity set that she plays with, and I’m always telling her about it

  • Our special tradition in our family with our nativity is that my daddy built my creche for my set. Then I inherited a nativity from my Mama D and Papa D. It came with the story of how long it had been in the family. We, as a family, share the Christmas story by reading chapter in Luke each night leading up to Christmas Eve. It has become special and my children remind me when we haven’t read it for the day…May your Christmas be blessed and Merry!

  • We read an advent book every night that has story about one of the people leading up to Jesus birth. The kids set up the nativity

  • Yes we read the story of Jesus Birth and do devotionalas together around the advent season or the week leading up to Christmas