These free Christmas nativity coloring sheets will help you teach kids the real meaning behind the Christmas season. We, as Christian believers, celebrate the birth of our Savior.
These free coloring sheets are great for Sunday School classrooms, homeschool families, or parents wanting to find meaningful Christmas activities to keep children engaged at home. Kids love to color, so why not be intentional about the content of the coloring sheets you provide?
Free Christmas Nativity Coloring Sheets
This free Christmas coloring sheet series focuses on the different components of the birth of Jesus. It is intended to be a color through Christmas opportunity. Rather than having one nativity scene that kids color once and move on, the hope would be that teachers and parents can take the time to talk about the individual components of the Christmas story. I will provide scripture references for each colroing sheet.
Providing 5 different Christmas coloring printables means that you can use one or all as you walk through the advent season.
You can do these coloring with lessons while doing your advent candles. Check out the meaning behind the candles here. You can also check out a DIY candle advent here. The coloring sheets don’t necessarily correspond to each candle, but it provides more opportunity for discussion about God’s son being born into this world.
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Free Coloring Sheet About Mary’s Encounter with the Angel
The first sheet is titled “Mary’s Good News.” This coloring sheet references Mary’s encounter with the angel where she was told, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” I encourage your to read the entire passage of Luke 1:26-38 with your kids.
Mary was pregnant with child even though she had not been with a man. This fulfilled the prophecy written hundred of years before in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Immanuel was a title that means, “God with us.”
I do want to explain something about the free Christmas nativity coloring sheets I am offering to you today. While I create most of the content on my site, sometimes I hire things out that are beyond my area of expertise. Some of my coloring sheet printables like this one and this one were purchased so that I can pass it along to my readers for FREE. Yay!
The Christmas printable coloring sheet I share today was created by someone else, puchased by me and then given to you.
I love the work she did for me, but I do want to comment on one thing before I move on. You may be like me and say, “I’m not quite sure the angel would have looked like that.” I agree. When we look at the angels in the Bible, they always need to say to people, “Do not be afraid.” It’s angel 101, and I think there is a reason for that.
Further, wthe angels that are mentioned have names that are masculine, like Michael and Gabriel.
Here is what Christianity.com has to say:
“Angels are not male or female in the way that humans understand and experience gender. But whenever angels are mentioned in the Bible, the word translated “angel” is always used in the masculine form. Also, when angels appeared to people in the Bible, they were always seen as men. And when they were given names, the names were always masculine.” – Read more here.
Had I been drawing the sheet, I may have had the angels look different, but that shouldn’t hinder you from using the nativity coloring sheets as a bouncing point for further conversation. You can even use it to talk more about what we know about angels.
All that said, let us move on to the next Christmas printable.
Free Coloring Sheet About the Journey to Bethlehem
The journey to Behtlehem can be found in Luke 2:1-5. This is the story about why, being so pregnant, Mary was travelling to Bethlehem. Read this to the kids in your care as they color this sheet.
This happened so the prophecy in Micah 5:2-5 (completed in the 5th century BCE) could be fulfilled. Here is a portion of the prophecy:
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”
Free Coloring Sheet About Jesus Being Born
Here is the Christmas nativity coloring sheet that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Prophecies foretold his birth. Genesis indicated that God was part of a trinity as He said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may ruleover the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
Here we get to meet this person – Jesus – who was a part of the creation story. The mystery is that He is fully God and fully man. He came to fulfill the prophecies and create reconcilliation between a holy God and imperfect man by becoming our sacrifice for sin. He knew no sin, but he took our sins upon him so that we could have forgiveness.
Jesus is born. What great news. This is why we celebrate.
The story of this portion of Jesus’ birth can be found in Luke 2: 6-7, “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”
Isaiah 53 talks about Jesus’ humble nature – with no beauty or majesty to attract us to him. This scripture is found in a powerful prophetic passage, which fits more into his life and death than his birth, but it’s definitely worthy of mention because of the accuracy God told us about Jesus’ life hundreds of years before it happened. He certainly had a humble beginning.
Free Coloring Sheet About the Angels Appearing to the Shepherds
The next component of the Christmas story is about the shepherds who were watching over their flocks and were visited by angels who announced the birth of the Messiah – the long-awaited Savior.
That story can be found in Luke 2:8-20. I love that God decided to tell the every day man first. He was not originally presented to the kings, the religious rulers or the rich. He was announced to the humble shepherds.
Free Coloring Sheet Abut the Wise Men Visiting Jesus
Matthew 2:1-12 tells the story about the wise men – the Magi – going to visit Jesus. Now while the wise men are often portrayed in the nativity scene, there are soem questions about exactly when the Magi went to visit Jesus. Read more about that here.
What we do know is that these men were on a task for King Herod who didn’t want anyone competing for his position. The wise men saw Jesus and immediately worshipped him. Rather than returning to the king, they were warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, and they obeyed God.
They recognized Jesus as one worthy of our worship.