“A Christmas Play,” Friend, December 2018
Wise Man 1: Wise Men brought the Christ child gifts of frankincense and gold.
Gifts they brought to honor Him as King of Kings foretold.
Wise Man 2: Giving gifts at Christmastime is still so nice to do.
Gifts of love and time are best, for those are gifts of you!
Wise Man 3: Listen to some stories now from people spreading cheer.
Christmas gifts of kindness are a joy for all to hear.
Reader 1: Little brother’s piggy bank, the one he made himself,
Tumbled down and broke to bits when bumped right off the shelf.
After hugs and kisses, I knew just what I could do.
Late that night I fixed that bank, with love and lots of glue!
Reader 2: Christmas makes me happy, but I see a few sad faces.
People need some cheering up in many different places.
I write notes of kindness every time I think I should.
Seeing happy smiles lets me know I’ve done some good.
Reader 3: Brother Lopez, down the street, lives by himself—alone!
He’s an older man at church who doesn’t want a phone.
I found out he likes toy trains. Guess what? I have a bunch!
Dad and I now visit him with trains and tracks and lunch.
Reader 4 (holding and pointing to a notebook): This year I’ve been keeping track of cookies, treats, and candy,
With my secret notebook and a pen or pencil handy.
When somebody mentioned their most favorite yummy treats,
I would write that down real fast, then later make those sweets!
Reader 5 (holding a ball or sports equipment): Playing sports and running fast are totally my thing!
Then one night my parents asked if I would help them sing.
Caroling for neighbors sounded scary and no fun.
All that night we spread such cheer I frowned when we were done!
Reader 6: There’s a new boy at our school. He’s awesome, but he’s shy.
Several boys were mean to him. I’m really not sure why.
When I prayed he’d find a friend, I thought: That could be me.
So I sat by Ben at lunch. The rest is history!
Reader 7: I would check my chore list off as fast as I was able
So I got to spend more time with puzzles on our table.
Then I noticed Mom, whose chore list never seems quite through.
Now I do some extra chores and she does puzzles too!
Wise Man (or all Wise Men together): Look around this Christmastime, and you will surely see
Someone who can use a little extra charity.
Charity means showing love as Jesus Christ would show.
Every act of kindness is a gift wrapped with a bow!
The Whole Cast: Merry Christmas!