* I feel it's important to have a nativity scene the children can touch and to tell the story with. I have two sets (links on this page). Tell the Christmas story every day using the scene, then give the children a turn to tell the story.
* Set up a dramatic play area: Hang a star above the area, use a big box (entrance for the stable), a small box with straw, baby blanket, and doll (the manger), stuffed animals (animals in the stable), ponchos with hoods (shepherds & Mary), crowns (for wise men), children's bath robes (costumes for Joseph, wise men, angles, etc.) and headband halos for the angles. Use your imagination for easy props. This could turn into a Christmas play for parents!
* Have a birthday party for Jesus!
* Here's an Avent Wreath and Stand-up Nativity Printable Lesson Plan Activities from First School.
* Teach all or some of these Christmas lessons and crafts at DLTK Bible.