(to read the entire post click on the above title “32 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS”)

Part 1 What

I made these two projects awhile back. During the Christmas season I remove much of our day to day art work and hang Christmas art on the same hooks. These below are now hanging on opposite walls in the hall outside our guest rooms.  I like the simplicity of these two “masterpieces.”  Black and white silhouettes displayed in unfinished frames. 

Part 2 Why

Everyone needs a stable foundation in their home.  I saw a statement similar to the previous sentence and just had to share the manger (stable) scene.  And the wise men scene remind me that the smart should seek to find and know Christ Jesus. And then they will be wise too.

If you have time why not research just how many wise men there were.  And while you’re at it, try to determine just how old Jesus was when the wise men visited Him. You may be believing something that is not found in or backed up by scripture. The Christmas story can be found in Matthew 2:1-12 (this story includes wise men/magi/kings and the star); Luke 2:1-20 (this story includes the manger, the shepherds, the angels); John 1:1-18 (this story is all about Christ Jesus).

Scripture Prayer

Lord I pray everyone who reads this post will be wise and search for and get to know Your Son, Christ Jesus just as the wise men in Matthew 2:1-12 did. I pray they will take time to read all three passages below.  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

Matthew 2:1-12 (AMP) The Visit of the Magi –  1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king (Herod the Great), magi (wise men) from the east came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. So he called together all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) was to be born. They replied to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is what has been written by the prophet [Micah]: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not in any way least among the leaders of Judah; For from you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” Then Herod secretly sent for the magi and learned from them the [exact] time the star [had first] appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went their way; and behold, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them [continually leading the way] until it came and stood over the place where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And after entering the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, after opening their treasure chests, they presented to Him gifts [fit for a king, gifts] of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned [by God] in a dream not to go back to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

Luke 2:1-20 (AMP) Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem – 1 Now in those days a decree went out from [the emperor] Caesar Augustus, that all the inhabited world (the Roman Empire) should be registered [in a census]. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to register for the census, each to his own city. So Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and was with child. While they were there [in Bethlehem], the time came for her to give birth, and she gave birth to her Son, her firstborn; and she wrapped Him in [swaddling] cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no [private] room for them in the inn.  In the same region there were shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone around them, and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people. 11 For this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah). 12 And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find a Baby wrapped in [swaddling] cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”  15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying one to another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem, and see this [wonderful] thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the Baby as He lay in the manger. 17 And when they had seen this, they made known what had been told them about this Child, 18 and all who heard it were astounded and wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.

John 1:1-18 (AMP) The Deity of Jesus Christ – 1 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was [continually existing] in the beginning with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being. In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].

The Witness of John the Baptist – There came a man commissioned and sent from God, whose name was John. This man came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe [in Christ, the Light] through him. John was not the Light, but came to testify about the Light.  There it was—the true Light [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] which, coming into the world, enlightens everyone. 10 He (Christ) was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him. 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— 13 who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

The Word Made Flesh – 14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception). 15 John testified [repeatedly] about Him and has cried out [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’” 16 For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift]. 17 For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favor of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father].

Part 3 How

This craft is super simple and won’t take you long.

1. Using your computer, type into your search engine – free downloadable nativity silhouettes.  After picking out the ones you like, copy and save your choices.  Be sure you take note of both the name and where you saved them.   I only printed the manger scene (Away In the Manger) and the wise men scene (We Three Kings of Orient Are).  But you could download the angel, the star and the shepherds too.   

2. Decide what size frames you will be using with your silhouettes. If you need or want to paint your frames be sure you do this before starting the project so they will be totally dry when you use them. (Garage sales are great places to find inexpensive frames.)

3. Next decide in which program you want to create your project.  I have good results with WORD 2013. Open up the program you have chosen to use and copy and insert one of the nativity silhouettes. Taking into account the size of the frames you will be using, adjust the size until your nativity silhouette fills the area of the page that will be visible once you frame it.

4. I put my wording on the frame because there was room.  I quoted the lyrics to the songs connected with my silhouettes. You may need to print your wording on the same page as the silhouette.  Don’t worry it will still look good. Just give yourself some room at the bottom of the page for your wording when you’re inserting the silhouette.

5. Now load your cardstock paper.  Print the project.  Your project is now ready to be framed.

Suggestions for displaying this sweet art 

1. If you have a nativity you are displaying this Christmas, why not group your framed artwork and your nativity together?

2. If you did download the angel, the star, and the shepherds you could use names of Christmas songs or a portion of their lyrics on these silhouettes.  Perhaps Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Silent Night, Holy Night; Go Tell It On The Mountain.

3. Or come up with your own interpretation.  My art projects are just my interpretation and my ideas.  Do what you believe will bring you joy and God glory.

If you have any thoughts, ideas, complaints, suggestions, I can be contacted at dona@scripturecrafts.com