The set I got came with these pieces:
There was no shepherd in the set, and it didn't have an angel either! I already had an angel cookie cutter that I threw into the mix, and I also had a star that I felt was a little more "star of Bethlehem" than the one that the set came with.
No shepherd cookie cutter? No problem! For my shepherd, I used the king cookie cutter. I just used my finger to round out his head and get rid of the crown. I also flipped him over before I baked him so that he would face the opposite direction of the kings. I flipped some of my sheep, too. When the shepherds were almost done baking I carefully pressed a candy cane "staff" onto the cookies and put them back in the oven for just a minute. Watch them carefully- you only want the candy cane to melt a little bit and it doesn't take long!
I thought the cookies turned out really cute, and my kids loved getting to help! It's so great to be answering questions about the wise men while cutting Christmas cookies with my kids. I was going to be making cookies anyway, so this was a great opportunity to make another Christmas activity focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
I can't wait to find some other uses for our nativity cookie cutters! Maybe next year I'll stop being so lazy and actually crack out some icing for decorating them... or maybe not. ;-)
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