The figures travelled from house to house each evening. A short service, supplied with the figures, was held in each house, led by the family that had hosted them the previous evening. After the service the new hosts supplied simple refreshments for everyone. Several families took the chance to invite others from their street or further afield to share in prayer and fellowship.
The box for the figures also contained everything needed for the service (advent candle, prayer sheets, etc) and some material for further reflection outside the service, if possible.
On the fourth Sunday, we put up a map in Church with the journey marked on and invited people to welcome Mary and Joseph back on Christmas Eve with a short service.
This has now become an annual tradition.
If you would like to participate this Advent email the parish office.