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  1. 1. 1 Christmas play script General stage notes (prep before play starts): ● Backdrop: 2 B.C ● House with a hay roof (3 walls and a short roof on the right side of the stage..aka. “house right”) Part I: Notes: Act is performed on left side of the stage.. aka. “house left” (4 actors/mic-ed and 4 actors/mic-ed from Part 2 = ​8 mics​) (In the living room) Mom ​Ok kids it’s almost time for bed. Start getting yourself ready! (Dad is not distracted and continues to watch TV. Kids on the other hand are moving, but slowly and complaining) B Kid ​But I am not ready Mom ​You don’t have to be ready buddy it’s just what you have to do. G Kid ​Is tomorrow Christmas? (Dad jumps at her and tickles her) Dad ​Yes! I wonder what you’re going to get! Maybe traveling size tickling hands to take wherever you are? (Girl, laughing as she is being tickled) G Kid ​No. They don’t have those. (Dad and daughter stay playing around for a while. At the same time B Kid starts up with mom again) B Kid ​Yeah, tomorrow is Christmas and we haven’t even heard our story yet. Mom ​Right. I see what you’re doing there. Alright kids, before you go to bed your dad and I (as she looks at her husband signaling to get serious again) will tell you the real story of Christmas. Does that sound like a deal?
  2. 2. 2 Kids (in unison) ​YES! (They rush and plop themselves on a comfortable spot on the couch) Mom ​Once upon a time, around 2000 years ago G Kid ​Santa was born? Mom ​No….? (worried about the information that her daughter has gathered up to this point) (Dad laughs and calms mom and takes over story telling. Mom calms down.) Dad​(Scratching his head) Actually Santa was born a little later than that. Santa was born over 1700 years ago. (Mom looks at dad with a surprised look. Surprised that he is even continuing this Santa conversation) Dad ​The only thing is that he was called St. Nicholas back then. As we now know him, St. Nicholas was a good man; a giving man. Legend states that there was once a poor family of a father and three daughters. They were so poor that the father was thinking about selling his daughters to slavery, just so they could have food to eat. St. Nicholas heard about this and three nights in a row he went and left money inside their house. And with that money the oldest daughter was able to get married. Part 2: Poor dad song Note: Act is performed on “house right” (​4 of actors/mics​ 6 of dancers), year 2 B.C of backdrop (props: hay roof, 3 wall house) General stage notes ​(prep for Part 4 while Part 3 is going on)​: ● Backdrop (1822) “house right”. ● Snow on ground and sleigh with wheels (to be pushed by elves) ● Singers and actors from Part 2 should remove their mics ● Santa mic-ed
  3. 3. 3 Part 3: Note: Act is performed on house left (​4 actors/mics​) B kid ​His name is not St. Nicholas dad, it’s Santa Claus. I think we’re talking about two different people. (Dad laughs) Dad ​His nickname later with time became Santa Claus. It was actually first Sinter Klaas and then Santa Claus. G kid ​Hey! Sometimes we don’t have a lot of food. Will you ever sell me to be a slave, mommy? (Mom surprised, giggles) Mom ​No sweetie. People can’t do those things any more. And I would never sell you, you are mine forever! (Mom hugs girl playfully and they laugh together) Mom ​So kids, one important thing to know is that St. Nicholas was a Christian man. Do any of you know what that means? B kid ​It means he believed in Jesus Christ! Mom ​Exactly! He loved Jesus Christ, which is the real reason for why there is Christmas. G kid ​Wait a minute, Santa wasn’t just a man, dad! He has reindeers, elves and he’s magical. (Mom became a bit frustrated that she lost them again, Dad patted her to calm her again) Dad ​Well, there was this great writer of poetry named Clement Clark Moore who wrote the poem “The Night before Christmas”. From that poem St. Nicholas became the Santa Clause that we know today, with the jiggly belly, the coming down the chimneys and the reindeers.
  4. 4. 4 Part 4: Santa song (Twas the night) Note: Act is performed on “house right” (1 actor/mic, 13 dancers, ​5 mics in total​), year 1822 of backdrop, props: sleigh and cotton snow. General stage notes ​(prep for Part 6 while Part 5 is going on)​: ● Santa’s mic should be removed ● Snow and sleigh should be removed ● Toys toy toy singer mic-ed (4) ***Their mics will not be turned on**** Part 5: Note: Act is performed on “house left” (4 actors/mics) Mom ​So that was how Santa came about kids, now let’s learn about Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas. (Children relaxed and focused) Mom ​Jesus was born over 2000 years ago. He was a gift from God to us, since he was and still is His only child born into this world to give us redemption and salvation. G kid ​What is redemption? (Mom excited that she finally has the children engaged in a conversation, promptly answered) Mom ​It means a price was paid so that you don’t have to pay it. G kid ​Whoa! That was really nice! Does he also give us toys? (Mom was rushing to answer and refocus when she was interrupted by another question from her son) B kid ​No silly! God gave us Jesus and Jesus tells Santa who is good and who is bad and Santa delivers the toys! G kid ​Whoa! What do you think I’ll get this year? Will it be a Barbie, Mom? Will it?
  5. 5. 5 (Mom is startled; doesn’t know how to answer and the kids continue in wonderment) G kid ​So the real reason for Christmas is all the gifts! Right!? B kid ​The gifts! Kids ​Gifts and toys!!! Toys and gifts!!! Part 6: Toys toys toys (Family interacts with the toys) Note: Act will be performed on entire stage (4 actors, 4 singers= ​6 mics in total: **Only 4 will be on**​), year 1822 backdrop. General stage notes (prep during the beginning of Part 7 for use in Part 8 “house right”): ● Mary needs to be mic-ed ● A self standing mic should be placed somewhere in “house right” ● Backdrop 2 B.C ● Add 3 walls and roof with hay again (**more hay to make is a stable) Part 7 (​Christmas intermission Dance​): Note: Stage lights should all turn off. A serious voice will state that “there is now a 3 minute Christmas intermission” and the dancers will get into place. Dancers will dance around props! ​Part 8: Note: Act will be performed on full stage ( 5 actors/mics, 1 violin solo/self standing mic), year 2 B.C backdrop. Kids ​That was fun! G kid ​Toys are the reason for Christmas! There are so many!
  6. 6. 6 (Mom was starting to get frustrated. Dad patted her on the back) B kid ​That means God thinks we are good kids (Dad laughing encourages kids to give their attention to their mother) Dad ​You guys are great kids! But toys are not the real reason for Christmas. Do you guys want to hear what is? Kids (In unison) ​Yes! (Mom, grateful, continues) ****Prerecorded**** Prerecording starts immediately after mom speaks the first sentence of the story Mom (Mom reads what is in black, male voice reads what is in blue, female voice reads what is in red) About two thousand years ago, a woman named ​Mary​ lived in a town called Nazareth, with ​Joseph​, a man she was engaged to marry​. One day, an angel named ​Gabriel ​appeared to ​Mary​ and greeted her: ​Good morning!​ ​You are highly favored! The Lord is with you.​ ​ ​She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, ​Mary, you have nothing to fear. You have found favor with God. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. Call him Jesus. He will be great and be called ‘Son of the Most High.’ The Lord God will give him​ ​the throne of his father David;​ ​He will rule Jacob’s house forever. There will be no end to his kingdom.”​ ​Mary​ said to the angel, ​“But how? since I am a virgin.”​ ​The ​angel answered,​ ​The Holy Spirit will come on you,​ ​the power of the Most High overshadow you;​ ​Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called Son of God.​ ​And Mary said,​ ​Yes, I see it all now:​ ​I’m the Lord’s maid.​ ​Let it be with me​ ​just as you say.​ ​Then the ​angel​ left her. As ​Joseph​ was considering leaving Mary, God’s angel spoke to him in a dream: ​“Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to take Mary as your wife because God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth; you are to name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” ​ He did exactly what God’s angel commanded him and married ​Mary​. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth.
  7. 7. 7 (Play video while Mom continues to tell story: em?lang=eng​) Important dialogue note​: Mom, say this as soon as video starts. Soon after, ​Joseph​ and ​Mary​ made plans to leave on the long journey to Bethlehem to be registered each to their own city. Important dialogue note​: Mom, say this as soon as they enter the city (sounds of people talking) Once they arrived at Bethlehem the time came for Mary to give birth. Important dialogue note​: Mom, say this as soon as a man shakes his head saying “no.” There was no room at the inns. Important dialogue note​: Mom, say this as soon as a boy led them somewhere. But they were given place in a stable. Important dialogue note​: Mom, say this as soon as the video ends. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger. (Video ends and Mary looking at her child begins her song) Part 9: Mary sings and violin special (Mom continues telling the story) ****Prerecorded**** Mom ​ In the hillside, ​shepherds​ were watching their sheep and an​ angel appeared to them and they were terrified. The angel said to them ​“Do not to be afraid because I bring you good news. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” ​ The ​shepherds arrived at the stable where baby ​Jesus​ was wrapped lying in the manger and they were filled with joy and so they knelt down and worshiped him. They then spread the word concerning what had been told to them about this child. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
  8. 8. 8 Far away ​Wise Men​ saw a new star rise; they knew that a new star meant that a great ruler had been born. And they knew that it is written that a ruler who will shepherd the people of Israel will come from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. So they followed the star that they had seen until it stopped over the place where the child was. Here they bowed down and worshiped Jesus and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh; Gifts worthy of a king. **A few seconds will be given for a paused framed nativity scene** General stage notes ​(Prep for the end of the play during Part 10)​: ● Backdrop (1822) ● All props should be removed from “house right” ● Carolers should be mic-ed (4) Part 10: Note: Act is performed on house left (​4 actors/mics​), year 1822 backdrop. B Kid ​So an angel came down to talk to people back then? Mom ​Well this was a very important situation. A woman was going to give birth to a king and it was the power of God that made it happen in her. Dad ​It was a confusing situation for humans so God sent angels to clear things up. G Kid ​Jesus got gifts when he was born, mom! Is that why we get gifts? Mom ​Yes! Because Jesus now lives in you and in all of us that believe in him and have accepted him into our hearts. G Kid ​I love Jesus! He was so cute and cuddly when he was a baby! (Parents laugh) Mom ​Yes he was! ​(Mom confirms and then continues) But do you know that not all people grow up knowing about Jesus? They don’t know that Jesus brings joy and freedom and unlike us, there are people that don’t even know how to pray to him. Kids ​(In unison, surprised look)
  9. 9. 9 G Kid ​How could you not know how to pray? ​(Baffled) Dad ​Well, if you don’t know that cars ever were invented, you also don’t know that if you get in one it could take you where you need to go to faster than walking or running, right? B Kid ​Right! So there’s people that don’t know that you can pray to Jesus and to God. Mom ​Right! G Kid ​So what do they do when they need to talk to a nice king? Mom ​Some keep it all inside and that makes them very sad and lonely. Dad ​A long time ago your mom and I were like that. We didn’t know Jesus and we were in a lot of pain and very lonely. Eventually a friend of mine told me about Jesus and I took a chance and decided to believe in him and little by little I got to know who he is. G Kid ​Is that how you know Him so much now and you teach us all the time about Him? Dad ​(Laughs) Yes. That is how. ​(Confirms and then continues) Your mom found out from her brother and she decided to believe and we met as we were getting to know Him. (Mom smiles at dad, walks to him and holds his hands as they begin their song) Part 11: Testimony song and impression dance Note: Act is performed on full stage (​2 actors/singers/mics​, 2 dancers) Part 12: Note: Act is performed on house left (​4 actors/mics​) G Kid ​I’m sorry you were sad mom. I’m glad you are happy now.
  10. 10. 10 Mom ​It’s ok baby. It was a different time in my life. Now I am happy! Now that I have you, your brother, your dad and most importantly our Lord and Savior, Jesus, in all of our lives. B Kid ​Does knowing about Jesus change people? Mom ​The love of Jesus can do many wondrous things and changing people by entering their heart is just one of them. Dad ​But people have to make the decision to let him in. You see it as simple but it can be a difficult decision for some because people have to decide to leave behind what they see as normal for a new way. G Kid ​But it’s the good way, dad? Mom ​It’s not that easy for adults sometimes. B Kid ​I understand. It’s like having someone tell you to change to sleeping in the daytime and go to school at night. G Kid ​That’s crazy! (They all laugh) Mom ​(Directing it to her son) Yes honey, it’s something like that. ​(Directing it to her daughter) And sweetie, you say it’s crazy because it’s difficult to change your regular ways to new ways. B Kid ​Changing your sleep time is not a good thing but loving Jesus is. Dad ​Exactly! The difference is what positive things happen when you accept Jesus Christ in your heart. G Kid ​Is he in my heart, Dad? I pray to him but I don’t know if he’s there? Dad ​Well there is only one way to make sure. Would you kids like to accept Jesus Christ into your heart tonight before you go to bed? G Kid ​Yes! That way when I pray tonight I could tell him that I let him in my heart today! Dad ​(Directing it to his son) And you?
  11. 11. 11 B Kid ​Well, I pray to him all the time and learn about him at school so I think he is already there, but it doesn’t hurt to make sure. (Parents laugh at this) Dad ​Ok. So just repeat what I say. (Kids repeat dad) Dad ​……. (Mom celebrates by giving children a hug and a kiss) There is a knock on the door. It is the Christmas carolers/”paranda”. Part 13: Note: Act is performed on full stage (4 actors/mics, 4 singers, ​8 mics in total​) Christmas carolers come to the door and light up the mood with “paranda” Family decides to sing along. Carolers get excited and ask family to join in and the “paranda” comes off the altar. © Marielis Martinez, 2016

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