Denise Day Spencer

August 21, 2007

Christmas drama and music, anyone?

Filed under: Creative Ministries — denisedayspencer @ 7:33 pm

When Noel blesses everyone in the family by presenting each of us with a copy of her Christmas wish list in…oh…June or so, she always writes at the top, “It’s never too early to start!”

And so keeping in step with my earlybird daughter, I’m posting the gist of a Christmas program we did at our school this past Christmas. I wrote it to be as flexible as possible with the music. Take a look, and if you can use any part of it this holiday season, it’s free for the taking. Just think of it as my early Christmas gift to you. All I ask is that you give me credit for the writing. 🙂


By Denise Day Spencer 


One or more Christmas carols sung by choir, solo or congregation


Narrator: Have you ever noticed it’s often the little things in life that are most important? Think about it. Is there anything more annoying than getting a tiny pebble in your shoe?

It’s the same way with people, too. It can be the most minute habit that gets on your nerves. Like how great-aunt Matilda always clears her throat (clears throat noisily) before she speaks. Or the way Grandpa (drumming fingers) drums his fingers on the dinner table.

But little things can be the best things, too. Have you ever been having a really bad day, and then someone you’d never expect just smiles at you? Such a small thing. But it can mean so much when you need it the most.


One or more Christmas carols


Elizabeth: Have you ever dreamed of having something that’s really important
to you, but it would seem like just a small thing to anyone else? So you keep your dream a secret, something special to think about at night as you drift off to sleep.

But what if that dream is something you can never have? All I ever wanted was one child. I would look around at my neighbors with five or six children apiece and I would pray, “Lord, I only want one! Is that asking too much?”

And then God told us we would have a son! He said to name him “John,” and that he would make people ready for the coming of the Lord…the Messiah!

That is another dream, not just of myself but of our people. For hundreds of years we’ve waited for a Savior. That may sound like a small dream to you, but we are a small people.

Now I wonder…what kind of child will my son be? What kind of child will the Messiah be?


“What Child Is This?”
One or more other Christmas carols


Innkeeper’s Wife: Did you ever hear the story of the city mouse and the country mouse? Remember how they traded places and at first, life seemed grand? But it didn’t take long for both of them to decide they liked it better at home.

I guess I’m a country mouse. Oh, I live in town, but on the very outskirts. And it’s a small town. “Bethlehem” is its name.

Some people don’t like small towns. They say nothing exciting ever happens. But we had some excitement around here tonight, let me tell you! My husband and I run this inn and we’ve been overrun with lodgers the past few days. Well, after we’d rented the last room, along came this young couple. She was not only expecting a baby; she was already in labor!

There were no other rooms in town, and I couldn’t just turn them away. The best I could do was to make a nice bed of straw for her in the stable. I’m going back to check on her right now. But since it’s her first time, I expect it’ll still be several hours before–(sound of baby cry offstage) Oh! Oh! It’s come! So much excitement in such a small town! (she runs offstage)


“Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”
“Over in Bethlehem” (maybe sung by the children)
One or more other Christmas songs


King #2: We (pointing to self and the other two) are the three kings!

King #1: Or “wise men!”

King #3: Or “magi!”

King #2: Take your pick!

King #3: It doesn’t matter what you call us, because we’re not literally the
three kings.

King #1: We’re figuratively the three kings.

King #3: In fact, you don’t even know that there were three kings, do you?

King #2: But there are three of us because we represent what the kings represented:

King #1: Riches!

King #2: Power!

King #3: And worship!

King #1: We are kings! The wealth of the world is at our fingertips! And so we bring gifts to the new king. (unwrapping a gold bar & holding it up for all to see) Gold!

Kings 2 & 3: (gathering around him and speaking overdramatically) Ooh! Aah!

King #2: We are wise men! And powerful. Wisdom and power don’t always go together, but it helps. Powerful men are remembered long after they die–for better or for worse. I bring him myrrh, a spice used to anoint the dead. (holding it up)

King #1: Well, that’s kind of creepy!

King #2: Uh…Long live the king!

King #3: We are magi! We seek the truth. And what is truth, if not a route to worship? I bring the new king frankincense, the incense of worship.


“The Three Kings”
“We Three Kings”
One or more other Christmas songs


Narrator: Small things. they can make all the difference.

(enter Innkeeper’s Wife carrying a candle) The light of just one candle can drive away the darkness.

(enter Three Kings, looking up at the sky) A single bright star can lead the way to the adventure of a lifetime!

(enter Elizabeth, carrying baby) And one face, one tiny face, can be the sweetest sight in the world if it’s the face of the one you love.

Who would think that our huge God would perform His greatest act in the history of mankind with such a little thing? Who would believe the biggest gift of all time would be the birth of one, small Child?


“One Small Child”
One or more other Christmas songs




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  3. Thanks so much!! I teach music at our church’s little school and I have been looking for a program to do with them and with the children of our church. This is REALLY a great program. Thanks for posting it!

    In Christ,

    Comment by Judy — September 16, 2007 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  4. Really nice work! I’d like to share this with the congregations this Christmas…thanks so much and God’s blessings upon you and yours! Linda

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  6. Thank you so much for so generously allowing us to use your presentation, Small Things, at today’s Worship Service. We involved our youth and children, plus a few adults, in this presentation, and it was wonderful ! We are grateful for your writing, and for gifting it to us. Thanks again.

    Comment by priscilla simpkins — December 21, 2008 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am going to present this to our other teachers this afternoon when we discuss our christmas program. I think this is just what we were looking for.

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  10. Program is incomplete. How about the SMALL, seamingly insignificant shepherds? The sweet LITTLE home they lived in when the wise men visited? And the “little” people who had witnessed his ministry (small lunch used to feed 5,000 men), His death, burial, resurrection and assention as well as those who can only do “small” deeds of Kindness for His sake?
    I will be most happy to help write (as Paul Harvey would say)”the REST of the Story.”
    We have a very small church. We have no choir and only ONE child (regularly) in our Sunday school. We meet in a rented room of the civic center in town and homes for Sunday night and Wednesday services, so, we don’t even have a building we can call our own to practice in. As you can see, our resourses are limited. That is why we count on “free” things like this to get the message of the TRUE meanint of Chrsitmas to those who believe Santa is the answer to our needs and wants! Let me know if I can help or if I can secure your permision to edit this and add a rest of the story to yours to fit the needs of our congregation.

    Comment by Jack Kircher — November 6, 2010 @ 11:33 am | Reply

    • Was there ever any more written for this presentation? We are considering doing this for christmas this year, but it does seem incomplete. I would like to see the rest of the story.

      Comment by barb — August 20, 2013 @ 11:19 am | Reply

      • No, I never did any more with this. But feel free to use it as a starting point and add to it as you wish.

        Comment by denisedayspencer — August 20, 2013 @ 11:56 am

  11. I cannot put into words how HUGE of a blessing this is to our church! We are small in numbers, and don’t have much money, so finding a Christmas play that we could do, and was free was an ABSOLUTE GOD SEND! Thank you SOOOOO MUCH! May the Lord bless you!

    Anyone who is looking for a Christmas program that is easy, stress free, and MOST enjoyable, look no more! THIS IS IT!

    Comment by Totally Blessed — November 13, 2010 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  12. “I wrote it to be as flexible as possible with the music. Take a look, and if you can use any part of it this holiday season, it’s free for the taking. Just think of it as my early Christmas gift to you. All I ask is that you give me credit for the writing.”
    What I can not believe!

    Comment by unimsmal — December 16, 2010 @ 5:54 am | Reply

  13. We presented SMALL THINGS to our Education Committee and they also liked using it for our Christmas program this year. We were looking for an easier to produce program using the traditional Christmas story but with a little humor thrown in and this was perfect. The suggested music is great to complete telling the story while getting the congregation involved. We were wondering if “We Three Kings” and “The Three Kings” are the same. Also we cannot find any listing for “One Small Child.” Thank you so much for sharing this Christmas program.

    Comment by Carol — October 17, 2011 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  14. Opps!!! I just found “One Small Child.”

    Comment by Carol — October 17, 2011 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  15. just d kind of writing i was searching for… good work…THANKS….

    Comment by lavitha — December 8, 2011 @ 5:27 am | Reply

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