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The drama of a drama

Sunday, the children at our church (including our children) put on a Christmas play. Bc and I adapted it from the wonderful book: What God Wants For Christmas (go to What God Wants For by Family Life Publishing (with their permission). We did not add or take away anything from their book, with the exception of simple stage directions. A sweet sister in the Lord gave us this interactive set of seven boxes with a coordinating poem/story last Christmas (our kids loved it). So, when we were asked to be in charge of the Christmas program—we prayed about it, and felt like this book would make a nice play. Family Life is all about sharing Jesus, and I am thankful they gave us this freedom. I am even more thankful for the true freedom that comes from receiving the gift of Jesus Christ. We did acknowledge Family Life before the play.

It was really a joy to work with the children and other adults. We appreciated all of their input and help! It was a simple play with a neat message, and a lot of fun.

Costumes were especially fun. My older three girls helped out tremendously with the sewing of the costumes. An added benefit was that my “craft closet” really got cleaned out. We tried to use what we had. The angel costumes were made from some used, white sheets. Then, the shepherds were easy—beige material I had found, and a worn-out, brown, fleece blanket for the drape and head covering. The children helped to make the staffs by putting packaging tape around two (plastic) candy cane, yard decorations. The little sheep was the most time-consuming outfit…but very adorable! Cotton balls and batting hot-glued to sweats and a white, zip-up, hooded jacket! (You would not have wanted to see my messy house!)

Two of the Wise Men wore old graduation gowns. (After all, doesn’t graduation speak somewhat of wisdom?) We ended up making the third gown for Bradley. We had tried a gold dress and a purple velvet dress (from the sisters) on Bradley. None of us enjoyed seeing baby brother wearing a dress (including the wearer). So, we made him a “more manly” gown. Then, of course, there were props…gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The boys gathered up all of our gold (fake, of course) that we had lying around, and we put it in a clear jar (plastic) for the baby King. But we needed a refresher on the definition of frankincense and myrrh. Basically, they were resins (dried tree sap) used for incense and burial (I love the symbolism here–think about how they tap a tree…there is a purposeful wound given). So we put candles, and cinnamon sticks inside two royal-looking containers to represent frankincense and myrrh. Our backdrop was a huge (8′ by 15′) plastic wall decoration that I bought at Party City. It had mountains and stars. We also added a “tree-topper” that resembled the star of Bethlehem.

Some cute slip-ups in the practice…

  • when the 3-year-old baby sheep jumped up on the horse-turned-donkey.
  • When the shepherds were sword-fighting with their staffs or staves (that plural form gets me every time!).
  • Then there was Wise Man, Bradley, who wasn’t sure he wanted to leave the gold that he had given to the “Baby Jesus”.

During the play…

  • Too cute…when the innkeeper gave an imaginary manger to Joseph (because the manger was misplaced). They did recover it.
  • Joseph asked me if he could wear his lightsaber under his costume (2 minutes before show) to help him not to be nervous. He reassured me that Joseph would have protected Mary from the Roman soldiers (what a guy!). I told him it was okay with me, as long as I didn’t see it, or hear it. So, thankfully he kept up his end of the bargain. I smiled when I thought of armed “Joseph”, and was thrilled he wasn’t forced to “use the force” in the program!

More reasons I smiled…

  • Our main speaker, Gabriel (M) did an exceptional job memorizing all his many lines. Everyone was amazed (mesmerized) at his memorizing ability. I think it really encourages all of us to memorize when we see that it can be done.
  • I also enjoyed hearing all the angelic-sounding “angels” sing: “What Child Is This?”
  • Nobody got hurt—always a reason to smile.
  • Benjamin later told me that he and Jonathan (both shepherds) sure did enjoy holding in their laughs!
  • Seeing the eyes of the children light up when they asked a question, or shared an idea, or tried on a costume.
  • Also, spending more time with the ones who were involved.

This program gave some children a positive “first experience” with the stage, and speaking or singing in front of a group of people.  Others were more at ease from previous experiences. Everyone who wanted a speaking part was given one.

The trickiest part was accommodating everyone’s schedules. More time would have been nice, but it all worked out. God is good! It was a learning experience for all, and after all…we love to learn!

On Sunday, it was an added blessing to have our sweet, extended families there. I was wearing a black velvet top with a skirt, and my aunt told me she loved my bracelet. I looked down, and I had unknowingly put a roll of masking tape around my wrist (from re-taping the backdrop). I don’t even notice when I do stuff like this (maybe there is a correlation here with sleep deprivation?). At least I had matching shoes on (I’ve made that mix-up before)!

Anyways, as Bc mentioned, the story of Christmas (God coming down to earth…to become a man: Jesus…who would save us from our sin) is the greatest love story, and not just a story, but a true story! It is worth telling and sharing. It was a blessing to my heart to be involved in this work, and our prayer was that God was glorified. He really did bring it all together! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

One Response to “The drama of a drama”

  1. Jena Webber Says:

    I saw the pictures from the show from Katie J. Neat. You all are very ambitious to attack that sort of thing. It’s been years since our critters were in a program like that.


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