Straw For The Manger Christmas Story & Activity

19 Dec

When my brother was in cub scouts (ding back the early 90’s), his troop made something that would become a family tradition. It was called Straw for the Manger, and it had a poem about creating a manger of straw by doing good deeds unnoticed. Every year we would put out the small wooden manger (empty) and next to it, a fabric bag of straw. Every time we did something good for someone else, we’d sneak to the manger and lay one piece of straw in it. As each December day passed, we watched as this manger of straw grew without verbal appraisal or self pats on the back. By Christmas day, we loved to see how big of a bed we had prepared for baby Jesus.

Straw For The Manager- a Christmas tradition with story and activity
 The poem with it goes like this:

Straw For The Manger Christmas Story & Activity

Don’t worry, I did create and upload your copy of this poem as well!

Christmas Is Coming Poem- PDF Download

 THEN! Ding forward to 2010, a story that goes along with this activity was published! I don’t know if my parents new it was based on a true story, but sure enough in the December 2010 issue of the Friend magazine there it was.

Straw for the Manger Story- PDF Download

(spoiler alert!) I’m giving these as gifts this year to my Visiting Teaching families with young kids. My dad whipped up these miniature mangers (they are about 6 inches tall), and we collected straw from neighbors who were tossing them out after their Harvest decorations were obsolete.  I printed the story to give with the poem, manger, and baggie of straw. 

Straw For The Manger Christmas Story & Activity

Not only does this make for a cute and thoughtful gift, but it is a tradition with meaning.

6 Responses to “Straw For The Manger Christmas Story & Activity”

  1. Natalie December 30, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    What a fabulous idea, thank you so much for sharing.
    Although it doesn’t really fit into the “tutorial” category it is so cute not to feature 🙂
    I will be featuring your post on Tuesday 31st December in a tutorial roundup.
    Thank you so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party. I look forward to seeing you again this month 🙂
    Marigolds’ Loft

  2. Carrie January 2, 2014 at 6:48 am #

    What a great idea to encourage kindness!
    Thanks for linking this to Think Tank Thursday. I hope to see you again today.

  3. Stacy September 16, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    I love this idea and would love to make these for the primary families in our ward. Do you have any sort of instructions for the mangers…not sure if I am smart enough to figure it out on my own ;-). Thanks!

    • Mandy December 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

      Hi Stacy!

      I’m SOOOO so so so sorry that this comment was filtered as “spam” and I’m only just now finding it. I know Christmas is over, but if you would still like instructions on the manager, send me an email and I can type it out for you/attach diagram.

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