Using the crèche or nativity scene to prepare for Christmas is a wonderful Advent activity. On the first Sunday of Advent take out the nativity scene. But instead of putting everyone in their place right away, have them journey to the manger.
You can start with Joseph and Mary. They traveled all the way from Nazareth to Bethlehem, so each day move them a little closer to the manger. Then the shepherds and their sheep can begin their journey to the manger too. On Christmas day place baby Jesus into the manger. But it doesn’t end there! The wise men should be making their journey to the manger! They arrive on the feast of the epiphany (traditionally January 6th).
This is a fun activity for children to participate in, but if you’re too nervous to let your 2 year old move your fragile crèche pieces around there are some really nice nativity sets for children out there.