As we do the Jesse Tree during Advent, M will put one piece of yarn (hay) in the manger per night. On Christmas Eve, baby Jesus will go in the manger on top of the hay.
I have received a couple of emails with questions about how we made our manger. It is so simple, I’m almost embarrassed to show you. :)
First, start with a small cardboard tube:
Cut it in half lengthwise:
Cut one of the halves in half again, width-wise:
Trim both of the small pieces just a little bit. Then staple one to each end of the large piece:
Look, a manger! :) I cut a square of brown felt with pinking shears and glued it to ours:
It’s not the most elegant manger ever, but it works! You could also use a square or rectangle box for the main manger part (think a box from a bar of soap), and cover it with paper or fabric, or paint.
For baby Jesus, I simply cut two flesh-colored pieces of felt in a peanut shape, sewed them together (you could use glue) and stuffed them with a bit of fiberfill. I drew a face on him, then swaddled him in square piece of blue felt and glued everything in place:
It works for now. When M is a bit older, we may do something a bit nicer. :) You could use a baby Jesus from a Playmobile or Little People set if you have one!
Have a beautiful day! :)