Child: Mary figure "Mary was a young girl, before she married Joseph an
angel came and said to her, fear not Mary, you shall have a very special baby, a
boy and you will call him Jesus. At first Mary was afraid, but the angel said
donít be afraid. Mary didnít understand but she trusted God."
Child: Donkey Figure: "After Mary and Joseph were married they had to
make a long trip to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. Mary rode on the donkey most
of the time. Mary would soon have the baby. Joseph was worried about Mary, but
Mary said, donít worry Joseph. God will take care of us."
Child: Holds the stable - "When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem -
there were a lot of people there. The Inn keeper didnít have a room, but he
would let them sleep in his stable."
Child: Cow figure and donkey figure (could be done by two separate children.
"The cow and the donkey slept in the stable and ate clean hay. Their body
heat would help to make the stable warm for Mary, Joseph and the baby
(The children put Mary and Joseph in the stable and the donkey and cow in the
Child: Baby Jesus Figure: "The baby is born. They call him Jesus like
the angel said.
Joseph and Mary know he is a very special baby. He is the son of God. Mary
wraps him up warmly and puts him in a box where the animals eat, called a
(Child puts Baby Jesus in the manger)
Child: Shepherd figures: "There are shepherds watching their sheep in
the fields, It is cold and lonely at night. Then angels appear out of nowhere,
telling them a baby is born in Bethlehem. He would be their savior. The
shepherds said, let us go to Bethlehem and see this baby. So the shepherds
hurried and found the baby in the manger at the stable."
(Puts shepherds in or near the stable, depending on size of stable).
Child: "Later three wise men came from far away, they followed a bright
star to the stable in Bethlehem. they bowed before the baby and gave him gifts
of gold, frankincense and myrrh."
A child: " And the birth of Jesus was the first Christmas"
Children: (Kind of together:) So Mother, what do you think?"
Mother: "Oh children, that is the real story of Christmas, you do know
the real story!"
Children: (Going over to Mother) "Merry Christmas Mother!"
Mother: (Touching children's hands and welcoming them) "Merry Christmas
Everyone can look at the audience and say: "Merry Christmas - May Christ
be in your Christmas."
At this point someone will say the following and read the poem,
"This is the story of the beginning of one life that has as much
influence today as it did when He burst forth into the lives of men, this "One
He was born in an obscure village.
He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty.
He then became an itinerant preacher.
He never held an office.
He never had a family or owned a house.
He didnít go to college.
He had no credentials but himself.
Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure
of the human race.
All the armies that ever marched,
And all the navies that ever sailed
All the parliaments that ever sat,
and all the kings that ever reigned
have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that one
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