I Remember......An Original Christmas Play

.......I Remember.......

Written by Dorsey Clark

Original music by Deborah A. Capece

From an article published in the "Good News Publishers" several years ago.  Author of article unknown.  According to Good News Publishers, no author or copyright has ever been found and due to the age of the original article it is considered public domain.

There are two main stages:  One is the modern Florida living room at Grandmother's house.  One is the living room and kitchen area of the Mission home.

It would be good to have an area for the nativity scene.  Also, another area for the Angel/Mary scene, the Mary/Joseph scene and the Shepherd scene.

Characters


Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3

 

Grandmother Sarah - Mother Mary      

Bobby James - Father Joseph

Joy Ruthie                   Baby Jesus

Noel or Noelle Jimmy 3 Shepherds

Kelli Mark             4-6 Angels

Sheri Deacon White                (Note: Angels also

Laura Mrs. White          used in Scene 2)

 

.....I Remember.....

Scene 1

Florida Stage:  Lights come up and Grandmother is sitting in rocker, doing some needlework.  Two grandchildren are sitting on floor playing Monopoly.  Three granddaughters sitting on sofa, playing with their dolls.  Another grandchild sits studying a Christmas catalog.

Joy: (watching Bobby move piece)  "Aha!  You landed on my property.  It's going to cost you one hundred bucks.  Pay up LITTLE brother!" (holds hand out impatiently, with a big grin)

Bobby:  (handing over the play money)  "Okay, okay!  Just because you're two years older doesn't mean you have to get pushy.  And you don't have to be so happy about it either."

Joy: (putting money away)  "Why shouldn't I be happy.  I'm that much closer to buying a house for my property."  (picks up dice to take turn)

Laura: (looking superior)  "Must you be so blood thirsty, Joy? It is a game after all."

Joy: (making a face at Laura then throws dice and picks up conversation) " So Squirt, did you get your Christmas list done like Mom said?"

Bobby: "Of course!  I put down "Game Boy" and ‘Game Gear,’ a new baseball glove, and a ‘Star Trek’ video game for starters.  And if you don't stop calling me squirt, I won't let you play with them.  Did you get yours done?"

Joy: "Yeh, I got it done." (looking superior)" Of course mine is quite different. I want a microscope and all the stuff that goes with it so I can study all kinds of things like bugs and dirt real close up. Christmas is the greatest!"

Noel: (looking up from catalog)  "It sure is the greatest. I have my list almost done, too." (holds up long sheet of paper). "I can't wait to show it to Mommy when she gets back from the mall."

Laura: "Really Noel, you can't possibly believe Mother and Father will get you all of that (pointing at list).  After all, there are some others of us in the family.  I simply must have this gold pendant with the real diamond chip in it.”

Kelli: (looking over) " Well, I want a new cradle for my dolly and some dress up clothes and..."

Sheri: "Yeh, and a toy kitchen and an oven that really bakes."

"GIMME SONG"

(Rap portion done by game players, classical

portion done by 3 grandchildren on sofa)

Grandmother: (sliding her glasses down her nose as she looks at all the kids)  "It seems to me that you kids have a bad case of the "gimmes". I think perhaps you have all forgotten the real meaning of Christmas. Why don't you put those lists away and come over here. I have a story that I think you would really like to hear."

Sheri: (coming over)  "Yaaaay."

Laura: (looking at Grandmother) "That's a good idea, Nana. Some people need to get their priorities straight."

Kelli: (coming over and sitting on floor near rocker) "What kind of story is it?  Is it about princesses and frogs and stuff?"

Grandmother: "No, this is a story about a family that lived way out in the boon docks".

Noel: (comes over and climbs on Nana's lap) "What are boon socks, Nana?"

Grandmother: (laughing)  "Boon DOCKS.  That's a name for an area that is far away from any town or city. Often it's way up in the hills or mountains."

Noel: "Oh!" (thoughtfully) "But they DID have a McDonalds, right?"

Grandmother: (laughing) "I'm afraid not."

Bobby: "WOW! That was REALLY roughing it! "

Grandmother: (still chuckling)  "Let's get back to the story.  Once upon a time there was a Mommy named Sarah and a Daddy named James, a little girl named Ruthie and two little boys. One was named Jimmy and other was Mark. Well, this Mommy and Daddy almost forgot about the real meaning of Christmas too."

Kids: (surprised and loud) "They did?"

Grandmother: "Unfortunately, they did. It wasn't because they wanted so much (looks accusingly at kids, who respond by looking down)  but it was real hard times and it looked like there was not going to be much in the way of presents for the children."

Joy: (looking horrified) "No presents!  What did they do?"

Kelli: "Tell us about it Nana?"

Bobby: "Yes, please Nana?"

(all of the kids gather closer to Grandmother's chair.)

Grandmother: (leaning back in rocker, looking off as though seeing the whole incident)

"It was wintertime and the weather was nothing like these warm sunny Florida days that you have been enjoying. In fact it was a bitter cold season. Sarah and James were missionaries and their salary didn't really meet their needs and was not regularly paid.

James was away much of the time, traveling from one district to another."  (looking at Kelli and Sheri) "Little Ruthie was sick, and none of them were decently clothed. Sarah was at the point where she was patching patches. The water gave out in the well, and the wind blew through cracks in the floor. Their spirits were getting lower and lower.

The people in the parish were kind, and generous too; but the settlement was new and each family was struggling for itself.  Little by little, at the time they needed it most, their faith began to waiver...

Sarah thought she had learned her lesson well as to "who was her Fortress and Deliverer" but at this point a daily prayer for forgiveness was all she could offer."

Lights fade out and come up on Mission Stage.

Scene 2

Mission stage.

Ruth is lying on sofa, sick. The boys are wrapped in quilts, sitting by the fire. Mother walks over to children. She goes to Ruth first .

Mother: (feeling daughters forehead) "Oh, Sweetie. You still have a fever." (checking quilt) "Keep the blanket up close to your chin. I don't want you to get chilled."

Ruth: "My head doesn't feel so good, Mommy."

Mother: (sympathetic) "I know. It's because you still have a temperature.  How about some tea and toast?"

Ruth: "Can I have some oatmeal?  It would feel better on my throat."

Mother: "I'm sorry, Honey. The oatmeal is all gone, but if you dunk your bread in your tea, it will be nice and soft."

Mother goes to boys.

Mother:(determined to be happy sounding) "You fellas ready for some breakfast?"

Mark: "Yeah.  Can we have our eggs scrambled?"

Mother: (sadness creeping back into her tone) "I'm afraid we're all out of eggs. How about some nice tea and toast?"

Jimmy: "Again? That's what we had yesterday too."

Mother: "I know, Dear. Hopefully Daddy's check will come today and then I will be able to get some groceries."

Jimmy: " That's okay Mom. Tea and toast sounds great. Can we have it here by the fire?"

Mother: (forced cheerfulness) "That's a great idea. It's nice and cozy here."

Mother goes over to kitchen area. She puts the tea kettle on and arranges a tray with 3 mugs. She takes out a loaf of bread and begins to slice it.

Mother: (as she is slicing, grumbles in a forlorn fashion)  "The last loaf of bread. I have just enough flour to make one more batch. That check has to come soon.  James works so earnestly and heartily." (frustrated)  "He should at least be able to have a decent meal. For that matter, some decent clothing, made for this freezing weather shouldn't be too much to ask for." (hears James coming, so with a look of determination, she puts on a smile) "I will not add to his burdens... I will not let him know that I am angry and losing my hope."

Father: (enters with what seems a cheerful attitude. He goes over to wife and hugs her from behind and kisses cheek) "Good morning my sweet wife. Is breakfast almost ready?”

Mother: (looking up and speaking with forced cheerfulness) "Almost.”

Father: "Good. I need to get on my way. I have to go to Sweetwater today. You know what a distance that is."

Mother: (looking at him concerned)  "I wish you didn't have to go. It is so bitterly cold and your coat is so inadequate."

Father: (cheerfully) "Don't you fret now. I'll just walk fast and that will keep the blood warm."

Mother: (turning away so that he doesn't glimpse her forlorn expression)  "I’ll just take this bread and tea over to the children. It's so drafty this morning that I told them they could eat by the fire. You go ahead and sit down. I'll just be a minute."

(she takes the tray of food over to the children. Husband sits down at table that has 2 mugs and 2 small plates, a jar with a small amount of jelly and a knife. He sits with elbows on table looking deep in thought. He gives his full attention to his wife as she returns to grab the teapot and a plate holding 2 pieces of bread and sits down, placing a piece of bread on each plate)

Mother: "See, there is just enough of the huckleberry jam left for your bread. I know how much you love it."

Father: (glancing quickly at mother's plain bread) " Oh, I do indeed. But today I just want to enjoy the flavor of your homemade bread. No one makes bread like you."  (He closes his eyes and smells it) "Ummmmmm. The best."  (Pushes jam toward her)  "Go ahead.  I know your sweet tooth will thank you."

Mother: (trying to look cheerful)  "No, I'm kind of in the mood for the pure bread flavor too." (Putting lid on jar) "I'll just save it.”

Both bow their heads and father prays

Father: "Father, we thank you for your provision this day. Bless it to our bodily strength." (Using her knuckle, Mother wipes a tear from one eye)  "Be with our brothers and sisters in Sweetwater. Use me in their midst this day. Be with my family as I travel, especially little Ruthie. Help her to feel better soon. In Jesus Name, Amen."

Mother: (as they pick at their food)  "Since this is Christmas Eve, do you think you'll be back before the children go to bed?"

Father:(leaning back) "I'm not sure. It all depends on what needs I run into. I haven't been able to get back there for nearly a month. The last time Bertha Childs was not feeling very well. She had been coughing so much, her ribs hurt.  I'm not a Doctor, but she sure sounded like she might have had pneumonia. And then there is Addie. She must be pushing ninety five. I do wish I could get there more often. They just hunger so for ‘Jesus Stories’.” (sighing) "Being responsible for three different settlements makes it near impossible to meet all the needs."

Mother: "You work so very hard but there just aren't enough hours in a day. You really need some assistance."

Father: (wistfully) "It would be nice but as you well know, the mission just can't afford another person."  (rising from table)  "Well, I'd best be on my way."

(Mother wraps up a piece of bread for his lunch as Father shrugs into his coat.)

Mother: (handing him the bread and wrapping her shawl around James' neck. Looking at him she tries to think of something encouraging to say, but can't so she just says)

"Be careful."

James gives her a hug and with a look of determination, leaves.  Mother drops back down in her chair and covers her face with her hands.

"Angel Song"

(angels enter and stand around Sarah admonishing her in song but Sarah's despondency keeps her from hearing.

(Lights dim on the stage as a whole and Sarah and angels are spot lighted.

Stage darkens.

Lights up on Fla. stage.

Scene 3

Grandmother: "She tried to whisper a promise to her husband..like she always did, but the words just failed her.  She let him go without it.

The children were so excited.  There was a frozen pond out back and the ice was thick and smooth. Jimmy and Mark were both craving a pair of skates. Ruthie, in some unaccountable way, had decided that the dolls her Mommy made were no longer suitable.  She wanted a nice large, store bought one and insisted on praying for it.

Mother knew it seemed impossible, but oh, she wanted to give each child the present they so desired.

That was a dark and hopeless day. It seemed as if God had deserted them. Mother coaxed the children to bed early, for she could not bear their excited talk. She just wanted Christmas to go away.

(during Grandmother's tale, children give appropriate facial responses-- sadness, looking at each other etc.)

Lights fade

lights up on Missionary Stage

Scene 4

Mother is sitting by the fire. Ruth is on her lap and the boys are sitting at her feet. Their heads are bowed in prayer.

Ruth: "and bring Daddy home safe...and Dear Lord, please bring my dolly with the blond hair and bring the skates for Jimmy and Mark. In Jesus Name, Amen"

Jimmy: (excitedly)  "Tomorrow morning will be here before we know it.  I can't wait to get out on that ice in my new skates."

Mark: (jumping up and down) "Me too! Me too! Oh, it's going to be so much fun."

Mother: (gently) "Children, I know you are excited about Christmas, but you must remember something. It's okay to HOPE for something, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we will get it. We must still be content." (rising from chair and speaking in a business like manner) "Now, off to bed with you all. Tomorrow will be special because we are all together."

Children begin to exit---Ruth turns just before leaving and says:

Ruth: "You know I think my dolly and the skates will be here early tomorrow morning Mamma." (and then she exits)

Mother drops back down in chair, covers her face, and cries.

Stage lights dim and spotlight on Sarah

Song: "Where Are You Now?"

Lights back up.

Mother: (drying her eyes)  "Oh, how I hate to have the children disappointed. I would gladly do without if I could just get their hearts' desire."  (despondently) "BUT--- it's just not going to happen." (she leans back in chair and massages her temples while staring into fire.)

We hear James stomp the snow off his feet. Sarah jumps up and turning away from the door tries to erase the signs of her tears. James enters looking frozen and exhausted.  He slumps into a chair, pulls off his boots and thin socks and begins to rub his frozen feet.

Sarah comes over. Seeing his red feet, her frustration bubbles out.

Mother: (hotly) "Look how red your feet are."  (she kneels down and begins to rub them) "How can the Mission expect a faithful servant like you to work without adequate clothing and food?"

Father: (shaking his head forlornly)  "I don't know. I just don't know."

Mother: (emphatically) "Well, it's just not right!"  (she puts her arms around him)  "I just hate to see you suffer so."

Father: (continues to look despairingly while shaking his head)  "I just don't understand." (lowers his face into hands)

Mother: (looking at her husband she sees his despair. Wiping tears from her eyes, angrily, she says)  "When we decided to come to the field everyone seemed so supportive. Now it seems that ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is more the case."

Father: (reaching out and embracing wife)  "Come my Dear, You don't really mean that.  You are just distraught."

Mother: (crying) "No I suppose I don't. But how can people send missionaries out and then not see that they are taken care of."  (she puts her head on his shoulder. He leans his head against here and rubs her shoulder.)

Father: (emphasizing each word) " I ...just...don't...know."

(glancing at her husband she sees his despair.  She takes his hand and they sit, heads together, trying to comfort one another)

Lights fade out and come up on grandmother.

Scene 5

Grandmother: "When Sarah saw her husband's face, she realized he had let go,too.  The very thought made her sick and dizzy. They must have sat there, not saying a word for most of an hour. At that point, she just wanted to die and meet God, and tell Him His promise wasn't true. Oh, her soul was so full of rebellious despair."

Sheri: (looking up at Grandmother in surprise) "She got mad at Jesus?"

Kelli: (looking at Grandmother) "She didn't mean to be, did she Nana?"

Laura: (looking thoughtful) "Oh my, Parents can make mistakes too.

Grandmother: (looking at all the children)  "She forgot that God IS a promise keeper.  You see we ALL"  (raising brows as her look encompasses all the children) "have fallen into the trap of thinking that God has forgotten us when things are not going like we think they should be.  Sarah was looking at her husband's pain and her inability to provide the simple things for her children.  What she thought was necessary did not agree with God at that precise moment."

Joy: (looking serious) "But why would God want them cold and hungry when they were there working for Him?"

Grandmother: (thoughtfully) "God has so much to teach us. He allows trials in our lives so that we learn to depend only on Him. He knows exactly what we need and when to give it to us."

Lights dim and spot comes up on Grandmother who is leaning back and staring off as she privately drifts back to her own private past.

Song:  " I REMEMBER"

Spot off and stage lights come back up.

Grandmother: "Sarah and James forgot God's promise that 'All things work together to those that love Him'.  They were looking at what they didn't have instead of looking at Jesus."

Bobby: (looking at Grandmother anxiously) "What happened next?  What did they do?  Tell us more Nana."

Lights fade out.

Lights up on Miss. Stage

Scene 6

Lights come back up on mother and father, still sitting together.

Mother: (pulling herself up and dabbing at eyes)  "Well, tomorrow is still Christmas Day.  I just HATE the thought of the children's disappointed faces."  (goes over to cupboard, pulling out the gifts for the children)  (holds up a cloth doll)  "This is not at all what Ruthie has been dreaming of and these" (holds up 2 hand puppets)" are a far cry from ice skates."

Father: (admiring items and sounding over-bright) "Why these are lovely my Dear.  I'm sure the children will love them."

Mother: "They are good children and they will try to be good sports.  It's me! I'm afraid I am not being very obedient. I am not content in our present situation.

Father: "I know, Dear. I have been having the same battles. I seem to be having difficulty getting my eyes off my own discomforts and what I can't do for my family."

Lights go down as Sarah puts her gifts around the little tree.

Spot light comes up on sleigh as Deacon & Mrs. White are traveling. They sing as they go.

Song: "Deacon's Song"

Spot light goes off at song's conclusion and main lights come back up at Mission house.

Deacon White rings the sleigh bells as he stops at the Mission House. Hearing the bells, Dad jumps up and goes to door and opens it..

Deacon White carries a basket of potatoes and Mrs. White holds a turkey. Other grocery items are around their feet.

Father:(surprised)  "Deacon White! Mrs. White! What brings you way out here?"

Deacon White: "A box came by express just before dark. I brought it around as soon as I could get away. Reckon it might be for Christmas.  At any rate, I said, They shall have it tonight."

Mrs. White: "Yes, and I wanted you to have this turkey for Christmas and your neighbors gathered a few other items together that they thought you might use.

Deacon White: (handing bag to James) "I'll just get that box."

Deacon white exits for box.

Mrs. White:(calling after him) " Now you be careful. Don't you go slipping on that ice." (she turns to Mother and hands her the turkey) "I think this would do best in a cool place."

Mother and dad begin examining the food items,in a daze at this sudden abundance.

Mother: (overwhelmed as she looks through some of the items) "This is all for us?" (looks at James) "Oh, James. A real turkey for Christmas Day."

Father: (looking just as amazed)  "Such an abundance!  I can hardly believe this."

Deacon White struggles at door with big box. Father leaves the food and goes to help.)

Deacon White: "My, my, this is a heavy one."(he huffs and puffs his way in the door with the box.) "This sure has been one of our longest cold spells. I'm going to be right glad to get home this night. I plan to park in front of that fireplace and not move for an hour."

Mrs. White:(looking at the Deacon, lovingly) "And I'll see you have a nice big mug of tea while you thaw those old bones out.”

Deacon White:(returning her gaze) "This is one special lady I have here."

Father: "It was so kind of you both to go out of your way like this, especially in weather like this. Thank you so very much."

Deacon White: "Oh,no trouble."  (starts leading the Mrs. toward door) "Well, you all have a merry Christmas.  Good night to you."

Mrs. White: "Yes, Merry Christmas and have a nice night."

Mother: (still stunned) "A merry Christmas to you too."

Father: (calling after him, still overwhelmed) "The Lord bless you."

After the Whites exits, Lights dim on stage and spot comes back up on sleigh. The Whites conclude their song as they "drive off".

At the conclusion of the song spot goes out and lights on mission stage brighten.

Father opens the lid of the box.  He draws out a warm blanket from the very top.  Mother touches it as they stare at it amazed.

Father hands the blanket to his wife and covers his face with his hands.

Father: "I can't touch them. I haven't been true, just when God was trying me to see if I could hold out."  (looking at wife) "Do you think I couldn't see how you were suffering?  And I had no word of comfort to offer.  I know now how to preach the awfulness of turning from God"

Mother: (clinging to him) "James, don't take it to heart like this; I am to blame, I ought to have helped you.  We will ask Him together to forgive us."

Father:(putting her away from him) "Wait a moment, dear, I cannot talk now"  (he goes to far corner of living room and falls to his knees.  Sarah goes to kitchen )

Mother, crying, falls to her knees next to a kitchen chair.

Lights dim and both are spot lighted.

SONG: COUPLE'S PRAYER

Spot lights go out but stage remains dimly lighted as we hear Grandmother's next narration.

No lights come up on Grandmother.

Grandmother: "Sarah's heart just broke and in an instant all the darkness and all the stubbornness rolled away.  Jesus came again and stood before her, but with the loving word: ‘Daughter’!  Sweet promises of tenderness and joy flooded her soul.  She was so lost in praise and gratitude that she forgot everything else. It was some time before James came back, but when he did, he, too, had found peace"

Lights re-brighten on Miss. stage at the conclusion of Grandmother's narration.

Father: (rising and moving toward sofa with hand held out to wife. Sarah too, moves toward him and the sofa. Upon meeting they sit together on the sofa, still holding hands.)

Father: "Now, my dear wife, let us thank God together"  (they continue to hold hands.) (Looking at wife)  "My words are so inadequate.  Only the Psalms will do." (bows head) "I will praise thee O Lord, with my whole heart;  I will show forth all  thy marvelous works."

Mother: "The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise him."

Father and Mother: "I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy. He brought me up out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth.  Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation"

Lights fade out on Miss. Stage and come up on Grandmother.

Scene 7

Grandmother: (looking off remembering)  "It was 11 o'clock and there was the great box, nothing touched but the warm blanket we needed. Grandpa piled on some fresh logs, and we began to examine our treasures."

Joy: (interrupting) "Wait Nana, you just said Grandpa fixed the fire and YOU helped examine the box.

Bobby: "Yeh,  Is this a real story or something?"

Grandmother: (chagrined) "Oh, my!  I got so caught up in remembering that I forgot I was keeping this as just ‘a story’.  Yes, this a true story about when Grandpa and I were missionaries with your Mommy," (looking at Noel) "and your Daddy", (looking at Bobby) "and Uncle Mark". (looking at all)  "I'm ashamed to say we fell into the trap of focusing on ‘things’ or better yet, ‘the lack of things’ instead of keeping our eyes on Jesus.  He knew what we needed but we let our hard times weaken our faith and our trust in Him."

Kelli: (excitedly) "So what was in the box?"

Sheri: (bouncing up and down) "Was there anything in the box for the kids?"

Laura:(still trying to sound so grown up) "I'm sure there was something for everyone, Sheri. Isn't that right Nana?"

Grandmother: "Oh yes. It was a wonderful box, and packed with thoughtful care."

Lights go out on Grandmother's stage and come up on Miss stage.

Grandmother will continue the description of the box while Mother and Dad act it out.

Grandmother: "We drew out an overcoat;  I made grandpa try in on. It was just the right size, and I danced around him; for all my light heartedness had returned.

There was a warm suit of clothes also, and three pairs of woolen socks. There was a dress for me, and yards of flannel and a pair of arctic overshoes for each of us. Mine had a slip of paper in them. I have it now, and mean to keep it. It was Jacob's blessing to Asher:’Thy shoes shall be iron and brass, and as thy days so shall thy strength be’

There was a pair of gloves for grandpa, and the same dear hand had written: ‘I , the Lord thy God, will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee: Fear not, I will help thee’.

There was a suit of clothes for each of the boys  and a little red gown for Ruthie.  There were mittens, scarves, and hats; and down in the center, a box:  We opened it and there was a great wax doll.  I burst into tears and grandpa wept with me, for joy.  It was too much; and then we exclaimed again, for close behind it came two pair of skates.

There were books for us to read, aprons, and underclothing, knots of ribbon, needles, buttons and thread;  there was the sweetest sounding recorder and a bright tambourine; there was also an envelope containing a ten dollar gold piece.

It was past midnight, and we were faint and exhausted, even in our happiness.  I made some tea and grandpa cut a fresh loaf of bread.  We drew up the table before the fire and as we ate, talked over our life, and how sure a help God always proved."

lights fade out on Miss. stage.

Scene 8

Mission stage lights come on and we find the children racing in.  (Boys first then Ruthie) Mother is working on the turkey.  Dad is sitting near by with a cup of coffee, talking to her.

The kids stop short when they see the mound of gifts.  They all run over then, to the pile.  Boys grab musical instruments and go into song & dance.  Parents and Ruthie clap & smile etc.

Song: "David's Dance"

At the conclusion of song the boys return to the fireplace.

Jimmy: (spotting the skates first) " Wow! Look at these skates!"  (holding them up)

Mark: (spies & grabs his pair. Both head to the sofa as Mark speaks)  "Oh boy, I can't wait to get out on the ice!"

Ruth spots her doll.  She grabs it up and hugs it tightly and goes off to another part of the room and kneels in prayer. Mother & Dad look lovingly on and the boys continue to admire the skates.

Jimmy: (to brother) "Look, they fit perfect." (holds up foot)

Mark: (holding up his foot, as well) "Yea, mine do too. I can't wait to try them out.

Jimmy: (picking up one of the puppets) "Look Mark, I got a puppet.  There's one here for you, too."

Mark: (holding puppet and looking at Mother) "You made this, didn't you?  I recognize the material from one of Dad's old shirts. " (Mother nods yes.) "This is really great!"  (He starts to chuckle) "Now when Dad has to be away, we will have a piece of him to still play with."  (Father ruffles Mark's hair)

Ruth: (coming back to group and looking at Mother) "I knew it would be there mamma, but I wanted to thank God just the same, you know.” (Mother embraces daughter) (Ruth discovers the doll Mother made and picks it up.  She holds it in front of the other doll) "Look Jessica, here is your new sister." ( she thoughtfully studies the hand made doll and then turns to her fancy doll) "Her name is Lovey cause I know when Mommy made her, she filled her with love."

(putting both dolls in one arm, Ruth gives Mom a big hug. Mom wipes a stray tear as she smiles.)

Jimmy: (excitedly) "Can we go try out our new skates now?"

Mark: (begging) "Pleeeeeeeeeease?"

Father: (laughing) "Yes, you can try them out, but just while Mom puts the finishing touches on our Christmas turkey.  Then we will have our hot cocoa and hear the true Christmas story."

Jimmy: "Come on Mark, let's get our shoes and coats."

Boys race to the entry way and disappear.  Ruthie settles down to play with her dolls.

Mother heads over to kitchen. Dad picks up his cup and goes to window to watch the boys.

Father: (calling to Sarah )"Dear, come look. Those boys are naturals on the ice.”

Mother: (walks over next to James and looks out also and smiles) "Those two look like they were born on skates. Just look at them whizzing around." (looks at James with a more serious expression) "I know hard times will come again, but I will never again doubt God's protecting care."

Father: (returning her look)  "Nor will I. He has promised that ‘They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.’ and” (emphatically) “I believe it!”  (looking up ) "Happy Birthday blessed Lord"

Lights slowly fade out and come back up on Grandmother.

Scene 9

Grandmother:(looking at the children) "There were more hard times, but Grandpa and I knew that God WAS with us and would see to our every need.  He knew what was important better than we ever could. The joy and peace that we received that Christmas has remained with us to this day."

Joy: (trying to sound grown up, looks at Nana) "I see what you are trying to tell us. God's in charge." (looks at other kids)  "We can make our lists, but God will decide what He wants us to have."

Grandmother: (chuckling) "Well, something like that.  You know God gave the very first gift when He sent Jesus to the earth to become our Savior.  Your parents will be back soon, so why don't I read you the Christmas story just like Grandpa used to read it to your Mommy and Daddy and Uncle Mark."

As Grandmother picks up her Bible to begin reading, the lights go out. As she begins reading  Luke 1:26-33, spot light comes up on mini stage revealing Mary and the angel appearing.

At the conclusion of Grandmother's reading the Spot goes out .

As Father takes up the reading at Luke 2:1-7, spot comes back up to reveal Mary & Joseph. They act out the part as the reading progresses.

Spot follows them toward the Nativity stage but they walk out of it before that stage is revealed and the spot goes out once again at the conclusion of Father's reading.

A narrator takes up the reading  at Luke 2:8-13. Spot is back on mini stage to reveal the shepherds and then the angels acting out the narration.

One angel goes to the shepherds first, following the narration and the other angels follow at the appropriate time.

The narration is concluded with:

Angels: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests." Luke 2:8-13

After all angels depart and go to stand around the stable scene, the shepherds continue the scene.

Shep.1 "Let's go to Bethlehem to see this thing that has happened which the Lord has told us about."

Shep.2 "Yes, let's go quickly.  But shouldn't we take something to the new baby?"

Shep.3 "But we have nothing to take."

Shep.2 "I'll take one of the lambs. Isn't He to be the Good Shepherd?"

Shep.3 Yes, and I will give my crook. A shepherd needs one of those."

Shep.1 "I too will take a lamb. After all this is the Lamb of God, sent as Savior to all who will believe."

Spot light follows as shepherds go to stable, bearing their gifts. Each presents their gift and kneels before the child.

As the spotlight stays on the Nativity the Children's Choir sings.

Song: "Bethlehem's Babe"

 

THE END