Christmas, Jesus, and Santa

Christmas Drama for Children and Youth Ministry

Scene: The Manger

Players: Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Shepherd Boy, Animals preferably plastic, Santa Claus, Choirs.

While the congregation is coming in and being seated, various youth will perform Christmas songs*. Each will return to the choir loft upon completion of his or her musical presentation.

Youth sit in the choir loft.

Welcome and Merry Christmas!

Youth Girl's Quartet sing, 'Silent Night'.
(come to manger, sing and return to choir loft)

Matthew Chapter 1 verse 21 says:
You are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.

And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And Joseph and Mary, who was heavy with child, also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem.

Congregation sings: 'Oh Little Town of Bethlehem'.

Luke Chapter 1 verse 14 says,
And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at His birth

Youth sing: 'Joy to the World'.

Could that child be a king?
We may not know much about kings
But God knows us
We may not care much about kings
But God cares about us
And He knows what kind of king we need
And how that King should come.

Congregation sings: 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'.

Luke Chapter 2 verse 8 says
And there were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the Glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were so afraid. But the Angel said to them:

Child (Angel - Boy dressed in white)
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Luke Chapter 2 verse 7 says:
She gave birth to her firstborn son...and placed Him in a manger

Congregation sings: 'Away in a Manger'.

Matthew Chapter 1 verse 18 says
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about...

Congregation sings: 'The First Noel'.

Luke Chapter 18 verse 16 says
"Let the little children come to me:

Child recites
Oh come little children
Oh come one and all
To Bethlehem's stable
In Bethlehem's stall
And see with rejoicing
This glorious sight
Our Father in Heaven
Has sent us this night!

Youth sing: 'Go Tell it on the Mountain'.

What can I give Him poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would give Him a lamb
If I were a wise man, I would do my part.
But what can I give Him...I can give Him my heart!

Congregation sings: 'O Holy Night'.

Santa Claus enters from side door, approaches manger and says:

Some how I have become the star of Christmas
But that should never be 
For I am only a myth
Putting presents under a tree
The true Gift is that Baby
Born for you and me
He is our Lord and Savior
The gift He brings is free!

Santa removes his hat, kneels and prays at the manger

Congregation sings: 'O Come, All Ye Faithful'.

Youth sing: 'From the Manger to the Cross'.
(This song is found in the Racing for Jesus VBS songbook.)


* All the songs, except the last one, are found in the Baptist Hymnal or online.

Copyright 2000 DiAnne Lamb

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