Parents and teens deal with Christmas and God's love for us, uses common Christmas carols
Cast: Mother, Father, two teen-aged sons
Set: kitchen table, 4 chairs, Christmas tree (partially decorated), construction paper, scissors, red ribbons, etc.
Costumes: Father in suit, with briefcase, others in casual clothes, boys with school books or book bags
Sample of script:
CHOIR/CONGREGATION: LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS, LOVE WAS WHEN or similar anthem or carol
(Mother enters and sits at table cutting red hearts out of construction paper and tying red ribbons onto them. Two teenaged sons enter.)
MOTHER: Hey, boys, how did school go today?
1st SON: Same old, same old…
2nd SON: I'm about ready for a nice long Christmas break. (both boys move to table and look over her shoulder) Looks like you've been getting ready…
1st SON: For Valentines! Mom, you've had some crazy decorating ideas before, but this takes the cake!
2nd SON: Don't you have your seasons a little mixed up, Mom?
MOTHER: Well, I was trying to think of a way to make our Christmas decorations be something that would make us think about the real meaning of Christmas. Last Sunday the choir sang this song about God's love reaching out to us at Christmas. Ever since then I have been thinking about how God's love for us is a kind of valentine. And since Christmas…well, just think about it for a minute, a valentine is a message of love.
2nd SON (shaking his head): I'm thinking, Mom, but it still sounds like Valentines to me and not Christmas. Christmas is supposed to be about angels and shepherds and wise men…and GIFTS!
1st SON (playfully hitting brother on the shoulder): Hey! Don't be a wise guy! Be serious, I think I see what Mom is talking about.
MOTHER: Think about Mary; she received a message of love from God. Here she was, a young woman, probably still a teenager…and all the young Jewish women believed that a Messiah was coming, and wondered, if just maybe, they might be the one who would be chosen to be the mother of that special manifestation of God's love. And then one day, an angel appears to Mary and says that God has chosen her as the one to be the mother of His son. Can you imagine a greater message of love? The Bible said she was really frightened at first, but the angel reassured her, and said she had found favor with God, and that her child was to be called Jesus, that He would be a king and would reign forever. Mary was confused, too, about how all this could happen. But the angel explained it to her…it would be a miracle.
2nd SON: Oh, man, I hate to admit it, but maybe you've got a point, Mom.
MOTHER (smiling at him): Every once in a while… Well, I've got to go to choir. Can you guys finish cutting out these hearts for me?
(Mother exits; Boys roll their eyes, look at each other, then reluctantly sit and pick up the paper and scissors)
CHOIR/CONGREGATION: MARY HAD A BABY, GENTLE MARY, or similar anthem or carol
1st SON: You know, I've been thinking about what Mom said about a valentine being a message of love.
2nd SON: Come off it. It's just another one of her off-the-wall things.
1st SON: No, I bet there are other ways to find valentines in the Christmas story. Look at the angels.
2nd SON: No way, man, doesn't make sense to me.
1st SON (gets up, walks around, gesturing to brother): Listen a minute…the angels received a valentine because they were given the opportunity to tell the world that the Messiah had been born. Here the children of Israel had been waiting all these years for the prophecy to come true. And now God tells them the time has finally arrived and He calls the herald angels…
2nd SON: That always reminds me of Charlie's (substitute name of minister of youth) story about Harold, the angel in the Christmas story…
1st SON: Yeah, I like that one, too, but come on, be serious for a minute. God calls these very special angels to Him and tells them they have a special job to do; a huge announcement to make: Jesus is going to be born in a manger in a little town of Bethlehem…(sits as music starts)
CHOIR/CONGREGATION: ANGELS, FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY or similar song
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