This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sony.
Sony Animation’s latest film, The Star Movie, tells the story of the birth of Jesus in a unique family-fun way. In this adaption, we get the perspective from the manger animals who helped Mary and Joseph during their journey to Bethlehem. “Bo” a small, brave donkey, (voiced by Steven Yeun) wonders if there is more to life after gazing at an unusual star in the sky through a crack in his pen. He builds up the courage to escape, unbeknownst to him that his life will be greatly impacted by that star.
The story of Jesus’ birth has always been a special one for me. As a Catholic, it’s one that I’m extremely familiar with. I was fascinated by the nativity scene when I was a kid. I imagined the animals coming to life, all taking turns to watch over baby Jesus. One of our family traditions I carried over into my family is decorating the same nativity every year that sat below our Christmas tree.
Our Nativity was given to my family by my aunt. I still have it and my daughter looks forward to unpacking it from storage and placing the figurines in her chosen spots just like my brother and I did when we were kids. I have a couple of nativity sets. They range in size. But if you are looking to add one to your Christmas decorations, I suggest visiting the 99 Cent Store. They are cute, kid-sized and inexpensive.
We were given a new set this year from Sony. This one will sit on my dining room table. I draped a small string of LED lights around the stable then placed the manager on top of a snow drape. It’s so pretty!
Another yearly tradition is to make or purchase a new ornament (depends on how much time we have). We recently attended The Star Movie premiere and loved one of the crafts at the pre-party that inspired our new ornament for this year.
This easy project is one that you can do at home. We purchased a few clear plastic ornaments — make sure to get the insertable ornaments (they come in two halves vs the other clear whole ornaments). Fill the ornament with glitter flakes, small toys/figures (we used trees), glitter, stars, and jingle bells. String can be used to hang your ornament.
Place all of your supplies into one half of the ornament. Fit both halves of the ornaments together and shake! Place a ribbon through the loop of the ornament and make a bow. It’s now ready to hang on your Christmas Tree. That’s IT!
These decorating projects are simple for the little ones in your family and will create memories for years to come.
The Star Movie is out in theaters November 17. It’s a fun and inspiring film to share with the whole family.