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Madonna and Child Craft Picture

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Christmas Customs - Madonna and Child Craft Picture for Colouring in

Details of the Christmas nativity story of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ are found in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  I have written the fashion-era version of the nativity story here. The page has a few animated pictures, but you can also use the colouring in craft picture below.

The story is often made very attractive in children's Bible books with illustrations and pop up pages which show the Madonna and child in more  elaborate robes than they are likely to have worn. The scene of action always centres around either the Madonna and child or the three kings bearing gifts. 

Below I have prepared two line drawings which have been adapted and redrawn from inspiration provided from a picture from a very old needlework book I have.  As a child I recall gazing at this picture in wonder.  The first drawing sticks to the original concept which showed a Madonna with lilies in her arms.  The second drawing is an adaptation of the first and shows a simple outline of the Madonna holding a swaddled baby in her arms.

Using the picture outline I have provided you could enlarge this picture and make a large wall hanging especially for Christmas.  Or you could use as it is at about A4 and make an achievable piece of small craft work or gold work.  It might be just a small travelling icon or triptych.  This could also be used to make an advent calendar using the individual panels accommodate the 24 days leading up to Christmas.

For children its clear that the line drawings can be used as Christmas colouring-in pictures. They can be used too as outline plans for embroidery, quilting and appliqué wall hangings.  It can also be used as a black card outline for use with coloured acetate film to create a stained glass effect dream catcher.  I've included a colour version painted with paint shop pro to show what effect might be achieved with just one colour scheme.

Madonna and Child Craft Pictures

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Madonna and lilies line drawing picture Madonna and child line drawing picture for colouring in. Madonna and lilies line drawing picture with colour added.

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Two Favourite Madonna and Child Carols,

Two carols we associate with the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas are Silent Night and Away in a Manger and these are printed for your convenience below.

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child,
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia;
Christ the Saviour is born.
Christ the Saviour is born.

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace.
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.
 

Children especially love to sing away in a manger.

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for His bed,
The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where
He lay The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.


The cattle are lowing, the poor Baby wakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes; I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.


Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay,
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray!
Bless all the dear children in
Thy tender care And take us to heaven,
to Live with Thee there.

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I have written the fashion-era version of the nativity story here. The page has a few animated pictures, but you can also use the colouring in craft picture above.

See Topics Below for More Ideas on Christmas Traditions, Customs, and Recipes

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Christmas Crafts

Seasonal Humour

Christmas Traditions

 

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