Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Family Christmas Pageant

The blond haired, brown eyed, twenty-two month old shepherd held onto his staff and looked serious as five year old "Mary" placed the doll in the box. Four year old "Joseph" bravely stood by her side, his pillowcase headpiece slightly askew. Three grown men with yellow construction paper crowns on their heads followed the star held at the end of a yardstick by Great Grandma to come and bow down before the baby, while a chorus of "angels" stood in the corner, silver pipe-cleaner halos on their head, singing praises to God.

Sounds pretty much like a typical Sunday School Christmas pageant, doesn't it? But this one was different. We were in our living room with our family on Christmas day. This was our devotions for the day and everyone was involved.

I wrote a simple, gospel filled "play" to narrate while the others acted it out. Since there were twenty of us, including six children five and under, there wasn't a lot of room to move, but we got enough actions in to make it fun. Although we had three babies under one, they were 11, 6 and 5 months so we used a doll to represent the baby Jesus. More important than having fun was the message we wanted everyone to remember. 

Here is the simple play I wrote. Maybe you can use it as one of the ways you keep Christ in your Christmas picture. If you don't have this many people, some can play multiple parts. We had everyone from twenty-two months to eighty-nine years involved, so no one has an excuse! (We gave copies to each person or "helper" for young ones. Speaking parts were whispered into children's ears.) Get creative: add carols at various places for everyone to sing!

Have a Merry, Christ-filled Christmas!

Our Family Christmas Pageant

Narrator: Me
ANGEL - Youngest Aunt
Extra Angels - Other Aunts
Mary - Oldest Granddaughter (helper Mommy)
Joseph - Oldest Grandson (helper Daddy)
SHEPHERD - Second Grandson (with helper an Aunt)
Extra Shepherds - Grandpa and Uncle
Wisemen (Kings) - Great Grandpa, Uncles
Star - Great Grandma 

Way back at the very beginning God made the earth and put everything on it and around it that people would need to live. Then He created people, a man and a woman. He only gave them one rule, but they broke that rule. That made God very sad because from then on all people would break his rules and they couldn’t be friends with God.

But God knew that would happen and He had a plan so that people could be His friends again. In order for people to be forgiven someone would have to be punished for breaking God’s rules. But the punishment was too hard. No one could pay it for anyone else and it would take forever, literally, to pay for themselves. 

So God’s plan was that He would take the punishment Himself for people. God the Son came to earth so that He could take the punishment and that is the exciting Christmas story:

One day an ANGEL appeared to a young woman named, Mary, and told her, “God has a special plan for you. You are going to have a baby that is God’s Son.” 

Mary didn’t understand how this could be. “But I can’t have a baby. I’m not married yet.”

But the ANGEL told her, “Don’t be afraid. God will do a miracle in you. Nothing is impossible with Him.” 

Mary said, “I will do whatever God wants me to do.”

When Joseph, the man Mary was engaged to, found out she was pregnant, he was upset. But God’s ANGEL came back and talked to him one night and told him, “Don’t be mad at Mary. God is doing this special thing through her to finish what He said he would do. You and Mary must name the baby, Jesus, because He will save His people from the punishment of their sins.” 

So Joseph agreed to marry her. “Ok. I’ll keep her.”

When the time came for the baby to be born, the king of the land had decided that everyone had to go back to their hometown so he could count them all and charge them more taxes. So Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem. By the time they got there all the hotels were full, so they had to stay in a stable! And that’s where Mary’s baby, Jesus, the Son of God was born!

God sent an ANGEL that night to tell some SHEPHERDS the great news. The SHEPHERDS were watching their sheep out in fields when suddenly an ANGEL stood in front of them and said, “Have I got the most amazing news for you! Today in that little town over there, the Savior has been born! You can go see him. He’s wrapped up in swaddling cloths and he’s sleeping in a manger!” Then hundreds of ANGELS appeared and and said, “Glory to God in the Highest! He is providing a way for men to have peace with Him and each other!”

The SHEPHERDS decided to go see the baby and found Jesus just like the angel had said. The SHEPHERDS were so excited they told everyone they saw about the baby Jesus and they praised God.

After Jesus was born some kings from other countries came to find him. The kings knew about him because they had seen his STAR in the east and had followed the STAR to find him. Eventually the STAR led them to Bethlehem and stood still right over the house where Jesus and his parents were living. The kings were so happy that the STAR had led them to Jesus and they bowed before Jesus and gave him presents.

Jesus grew up and eventually became a man who went around from town to town teaching people and making sick people better and blind people see. He told everyone about God and he taught his disciples about God’s plan for Him to pay the punishment for sins so everyone who believed could become friends with God.

God’s plan wasn’t easy for Jesus. It meant he had to die on a cross, a very painful way to die. But because Jesus is God, and He is eternal, and He never sinned, when He was punished it wasn’t for His own sins, but for the sins of the whole world. So Jesus was punished by God. He died. That was a very sad day for his mother and his disciples.

But it was sad because they didn’t understand that this was part of God’s plan and that the best part was still to come! Jesus didn’t stay dead! After He was dead for three days, He became alive again! After lots of people saw Him alive, He went back to heaven so that He could make it ready for all the people who believed that His death was punishment for their sins. Everyone who believes doesn’t have to be punished for their own sins. God took the punishment for each one of us.

And that is the wonderful story of why we celebrate Christmas.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing the script! My kids love acting the bible sotries out, they're going to be so excited.

    1. I loved doing it as a child. I guess I just kept doing it even though I've never done any true acting at all.

  2. What a great idea! Merry Christmas to you! Teresa from

  3. I hope there were lots of pictures taken to document this Family play.

    1. Some of them are in this post and there are others!



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