One of our Christmas traditions it our advent calendar. We purchased it a couple of years ago from Desiring God. Unfortunately, I don't see it being sold this year, but you can keep checking back to see if they have it again!.
The advent calendar was designed by Noel Piper and is set on burlap. You can see from the picture that each day is assigned a piece of the nativity, starting out with the manger. The last piece, placed on Dec 25th, is baby Jesus.
What is so great about this calendar is that you read the Christmas story each day. On Dec 1st, you read day one. On Dec 2nd, you read day one and day two, etc. By Dec 25th, you have read through the entire Christmas story and have repeated the story every day, all month long!
The kids love it and take turns with who gets to put the pieces on! I bet that any crafty mom could make one with her kids in time for this advent season!