Lee: The manger is the box the animals eat out of, but they filled
it with clean hay and Mary wrapped the baby in a blanket."
(Everyone sings Away in the Manger)
Grandma: "And did anything else happen that night?"
Elizabeth: "There were shepherds out in the field with their
sheep and a bunch of angels appeared to them and told them about Jesus
being born in Bethlehem.
Grandma: "Then Jessica, what did the shepherds do?"
Jessica: They went to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus."
(Everyone sings It came upon the
Grandma: "And who was this special baby called Jesus?"
Katy: "He was the son of God, he came to show people what God
was like and to teach them to love one another and later he would die
to save people from their sins."
Elizabeth: "Now, what about Santa Claus and presents and
decorations, we couldnít have Christmas without them."
Grandma: "Well to be truthful we could, but lets see what
these things have to do with Christmas."
Lee: "Why do we have wreaths and Christmas Trees?"
Grandma: "Well, look at the wreath, what shape is it?"
Lee: "It is round, like a crown, (she puts it on her head).
And it has no beginning or end.
Grandma: "Right, it reminds us of the crown that Jesus wore.
There is no end.. Also it is evergreen, or everlasting, just like
Jessica: "What about the Christmas Tree? (points to the tree)
Katy: "Well, it looks pretty with the lights on it, and Jesus
was crucified on a tree, so maybe that is why the tree is
Elizabeth: "And you need some place to put the presents."
Grandma: "You are all right, and Christmas comes at what time
of the year?"
Lee: "In the winter, in December."
Grandma: "There are no flowers in bloom and December can be a
bit dreary, so we bring evergreens into the house to decorate them and
make them cheerful."
Jessica: "So what about the candles, we donít need them we
Grandma: "That is true, so what do the candles remind us
Katy: "I know, in Sunday school, we learned that Jesus is the
light of the world. And when we see a candle we think of light and how
it can help you see in the dark if the electricity goes off, and they
used them in the olden days, right Grandma?"
Elizabeth: "Why do we have bells (picks up and ring them) and
songs that are not about the Christmas Story.?"
Grandma: "Well, bells are used to give messages, church bells
tell when it is time to come to church. Bells have been used to send
good new. What better way to announce the news of Jesusí
"The other songs that we sing are winter songs and December
can be the time for snow.
Alex: "What is your favorite winter song?"
Alex: "I like Frosty the snowman" Alex picks up
Grandma: "I do too, Why donít we sing it?"
(Everyone sings Frosty the Snowman)
Elizabeth: "And how about Santa Claus and presents"
Grandma: "Well, Santa Claus represents the spirit of giving,
and no matter what the method men use to explain this, it goes back to
the fact that God gave us the gift of his son because he loved us and
knew we needed that love. We give gifts to each other to show that we
love one another."
In one way or another, all these things, the wreath, the tree,
candle and gifts led us to think of God and can be enjoyed during this
season but there is only one true Christmas and that is the Birthday
of Jesus, Godís wonderful gift of love, and as long as we remember
that and donít over emphasis the other things that add to the
season, Christmas will be a joyous time.
Christís coming demonstrated love in abundance. When we sing
carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus, it brings joy to our hearts
and we want to share that joy with others. Now why donít we sing my
favorite carol, Joy to the World?"
(Everyone sings Joy to the World)
Lee: "Oh Grandma, what about these cookies, what do they mean?
(She picks up the plate of cookies.)
Grandma: "Lee, that is a very good question, I think
that they are just really good to eat, so lets eat some!"
Everyone gets a cookie and says to the audience "We wish you a
Copyright 2002 Faith Scott
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