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Christmas Plays and Pageants

Updated on December 8, 2012

Remembrances of my childhood...

Remember the Christmas plays at school? Were you a shepherd or Wise Man, Mary of Joseph, maybe just a bystander or a fill in? During this Blessed Season we find ourselves so caught-up with the activities that we find little time to reminisce or recall memories of ourselves as children growing up. Thirty years ago, or a little longer for some of us, we didn’t have to worry about Political Correctness or hurting anyone’s feelings. If you didn’t want to participate, you found something else to do or did nothing at all instead of complaining about your rights being violated or being left out of something. You would have been laughed to scorn or put in your place if something like that was tried.

Were you ever in a Christmas play and what part did you play?

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While shepherds watched their flocks...
While shepherds watched their flocks...

a man that wouldn’t take a stand for something...

Back when many of us were kids the ‘atmosphere’ was clear, it was a ‘simpler’ time.  More care free and fun loving, no wonder everyone today looks as if they’ve just played ‘Scrooge’ in the Christmas play or something, there is no joy, people are afraid they might hurt someone’s feelings.  They feel restricted as to what or how to celebrate and are afraid to even mention to their friends, family or associates that their kids are in a play at school and more often than not even the schools have abandoned the thought of a Christmas play or musical because no one will take a stand for their freedoms any more.  My dad always told me that a man that wouldn’t take a stand for something would fall for anything.  That seems to describe Americans today I’m afraid, no backbone.

gold, frankincense & myrrh
gold, frankincense & myrrh

I once got the parts mixed up right on stage...

As kids we would recite our lines and practice each act and part with pride and the exuberance of a Hollywood actor or actress and felt so proud when our teachers and parents would hug us up real good for a part well done. We might start out as shepherds this year and then next we might be the inn keeper or a wise man or even Joseph who never did anything anyway but just stand beside Mary the mother. Sometimes we had a part at school then another part at church and I remember once getting the parts mixed up right on stage. That always brought laughter and no real harm was done. But it was still put on with a simple truth that God gave His son, born of a virgin and the shepherds came and the wise men also to honor the birth of a baby boy, named Jesus.

"If you seek me, you will find me..."
"If you seek me, you will find me..."

Wise men still seek Him...

You know, wise men still seek Jesus, and the message still goes forth even though some would balk and quiver at the very thought of something Christian being portrayed. Especially during this time of year when anything about God or Jesus is thought to be so cruel to those that don’t believe. I think I have an answer for those that feel perplexed and forlorn. Why don’t you accept this simple story as the children do and ask Jesus into your hearts today? Then you can really celebrate Christmas with the joy and warmth and understanding that only a loving Father can give.

© 2010 SamSonS


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    Sam 5 years ago from Tennessee

    Thanks so much Didge for your visit and your nice comments. Feel free to look around and I hope you find something else that might interest you...

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    Didge 5 years ago from Southern England

    Great hub! I really appreciated reading it.

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    Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

    I thank you prairieprincess for your friendship and the nice comments you make, happy hubbing.


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    Sharilee Swaity 7 years ago from Canada

    Awesome! I love it. A tradition in our family was that the grandchildren (led by me) did a Christmas play for my Grandpa and Grandma, and aunts and uncles for Christmas Day. It was so much fun, and my Grandpa always acted so happy that we did it ... like it was his special gift.

    When I got older, and became a teacher, I was able to do quite a few Christmas plays with my students, and it was so much fun! And crazy amounts of work and organization! Thanks for a wonderful hub, and for reminding us of what Christmas is about. Blessings!

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    Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks Tammy L for sharing your reminisce.

    *and Bro Dave, I've missed you, figured you were working on a Christmas musical for church. Jesus is the reason for the season.

    *thank you heart4theword for your share. You just can't have a celebration without a baby, can you!

    *hey, carolina- I've missed you also my friend, thanks for the encouragement.

    Merry Christmas and blessings to you all...

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    carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I got to be Joseph one year... Fun read!!

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    heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

    This is so true...the wise men, still seek Him:) So many, are trying to come up with some other version..for a play. I have seen this last year, and again this year at a ladies get-together? In both cases, it was a total flop. You left the place feeling like, it was the most depressing event I've ever been to? Sticking to traddition, even if it has a different variation of a much safer event. Thanks for sharing, enjoyed reading this hub:)

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    Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    samsons1: Voted up and awesome. The trouble with today is we are so concerned about what others think that we fail to take into consideration what is truly important. What Would God Think? God is the only one we truly have to please, because Christmas is all about God.

    Brother Dave.

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    Tammy L 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

    After reading this hub, I began trying to remember if my elementary school ever had Christmas plays. I haven't been able to remember any. Either the schools didn't have them or I was not involved. The junior high school didn't have them because the person in charge of what plays were done happened to be Jewish.

    One of my pet peeves is when someone uses "X-mas" instead of "Christmas". The only time I have EVER used "X-mas" instead was when I needed to limit my computer file names to 8 characters or less.

    Merry CHRISTMAS, Sam.

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    Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Judi for your most gracious remarks and I wish you a most glorious and happy Christmas and New Year...

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    Judicastro 7 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

    Bless you Samson, sweet hub. I totally agree! I'm a bit subborn though when I'm wished a happy holiday I reply with a Merry Christmas! It often is received with surprised pleasure and a Merry Christmas in response. Merry Christmas Samson to you and your family! Praise God for His awesome and precious gift to us! Truly the only gift that never stops giving!

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    Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Pam for sharing your reminisce and your nice remarks.

    Merry Christmas and blessings...

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    I just when to see the children's Christmas play at our church last week. They were so adorable and it brought back memories of childhood when I was in those plays. Good hub.