By John Erickson
Note: We purchased a set of very cute animal
puppets to put on puppet shows for young children
in our church. They consist of two
squirrels, Carl and Michaela, Oscar the turtle,
Sly the fox and Blossom the skunk. This play
is intended to involve not only the puppeteers,
but some of the young children to be participants
in the manger scene.
Narrator: Well, boys and girls,
Christmas time is getting near and our forest
friends, Carl and Michaela the squirrels, Oscar
the turtle, Blossom the skunk and Sly the fox are
excited about being in the play about the birth of
the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. They are trying
very hard to learn their parts.
Carl: Let me try this line…And
it came to pass that a degree went out from
sneezer Augustus that all the world should get
Augustus? Where did you get sneezer
Carl: Maybe he had a bad
cold. Maybe he was allergic to Christmas
trees. I don’t know. I wasn’t
there. I’m not as old as Marg and I didn’t
write the story.
you just made some of it up.
just trying to make it more realistic and add a
color to the story.
where did “…all the world should get snacks”
Carl: Well it
says,”…all the world should be taxed.” Must
some kind of ancient after school food giveaway –
taxed. I wonder what taxes taste like?
I figured the
others wouldn’t understand so I cleared it up.
Michaela: You mean you made it
up instead of cleared it up.
Blossom: I think the real story
is just great.
Sly: I don’t
know the story very well. What does it
Basically it says there was an announcement from
Caesar Augustus that everyone should go to the
hometown where they were born so they could be
counted. He wanted to know how many people
his kingdom at the time.
Shy: Why not
just send everybody a letter in the mail and
ask them to fill it out like we do today?
don’t think the post office was invented yet and
would have been a lot of letters to chisel.
Blossom: So, Carl, this doesn’t
sound at all like the story you
started to tell.
almost identical, weren’t you listening?
was. Were you?
Carl: I don’t
need to listen to myself, I already know what
I’m going to say. The story gets even
were shepherds abiding in the fields washing their
socks by night, and lo the angel of the Lord…..
Michaela: Wait a minute,
shepherds washing their socks by night?
Don’t you mean shepherds watching their flocks by
Carl: Well it
gets pretty boring watching flocks at night.
They need to do something. You don’t want
wearing dirty socks do you?
you getting a little crazy with your version of
Carl: Since I
have so much acting experience, I thought I
would add a bit of flair to the story, but I guess
fans want me to tell it the way it is written I
suppose I can. You know, I did star in the
jamboree pageant last year.
FANS???? So tell them, what did you do
Michaela, you make it sound so trivial. I
was a very
important member of the cast.
Michaela: Are you going to tell
them what you did?
getting there. Don’t rush me.
Michaela: Oh brother. Just
to make it sound bigger than it was) I
out on the stage as the crowd roared. I
for the applause to die down then in clear
tones I said, “Heeeeerrrrreeee”s Johnny.”
(Sounding bored) I can’t tell you how
impressed I am.
Michaela: Good thing.
don’t see how important it was? Without me
show would never have even started. It was
Blossom: What’s amazing is how
impressed you are with
Everyone’s a critic. Go ahead, I can take
it, (pause) I
think. Why is it that Charlie the mule gets
Mary every year? Why not let someone else do
you, for instance? Now there’s an
picture, a pregnant woman riding on a squirrel.
Carl: I guess
you do have a point.
Narrator: Everyone worked hard,
especially Carl. He wanted to
show the others just how good he was. He
lost track of
the story and started to think it was about
him. In fact,
he came to see himself as the one true star of the
(Carl wears dark glasses and a scarf around his
neck and talks like he is above everyone else.)
Blossom: Carl, what are you
wearing dark glasses to hide from my public and
keep myself from being mobbed by my fans.
Michaela: I did notice it was
getting very WINDY in here.
Yeah. I also noticed a lot of HOT AIR all of
already decided to give out my autographed picture
for Christmas presents this year signed with my
Blossom: I think I might be
dramatic) Some day, when I’m gone, they’ll
probably be worth millions.
Millions of what?
Carl: I can
tell I’m not appreciated for what I truly am.
Michaela: We know what you truly
are, but we appreciate you
Carl: My life
is so difficult.
Sly: I think
I can see why.
are friends for if you can’t abuse them from time
Narrator: Our friends still love
Carl, even when he is a bit full of
himself. Sometimes you just have to love
where they are until God shows them the
was the case with Carl. Our friends all
to be able to share the story of Jesus’ birth with
in the forest. Oscar and Michaela had heard
it all their
lives. Blossom had learned about it last
year and Sly
just heard the story for the first time a few
when it changed his life. Finally the day
everyone to join together to share the story
(Set up the manger scene in front of the puppet
Announcer 1: Hear
yea! Hear yea! King Caesar
orders everyone to go to his city of birth to be
Announcer 2: Mary and Joseph set
off for Bethlehem, Joseph’s
home town. Mary was very close to having a
Announcer 3: When Mary and
Joseph arrived in Bethlehem,
they could not find a room to stay in. There
only room in a stable.
Announcer 4: Mary delivered her
first child, a son, who they
Announcer 5: There were, at the
same time as Jesus was being
born, shepherds tending their flocks in the
An angel appeared to them and said:
be afraid, for I bring you news of awesome
joy. Today a child is born in Bethlehem that
Christ the Lord. He will save the world from
Announcer 5: And suddenly the
shepherds were surrounded by
to God in the highest. Peace and good will
Wow! This is awesome. Let’s go find
Announcer 6: There were also
wise men studying the stars that
saw a special star that helped them understand
that the Christ had been born. So they came
Bethlehem to worship him. They brought him
gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Announcer 7: Everyone who came
to the stable and saw Jesus
praised God and said:
Glory to God in the highest!
Announcer 8: The little children
praised the baby Jesus and said:
(Each child can be given a short phrase to say –
one per child. More can be added or deleted
depending on the number of children.)
Jesus is our savior.
Jesus gives us hope.
Jesus gives us peace.
Jesus loves me.
Jesus loves you.
Announcer 8: And an adult said
celebrate the birth of the child, Jesus, the son
of God, because he has come to earth from heaven
to die for our sins if we admit that we are
believe that he died for our sins then ask him to
take away our sins and live in us and to be the
director of our lives forever.
Everyone sings: O come let us adore Him.
(Everyone leaves the stage – puppets remain)
I just LOVE to tell hear that story over and over
Michaela: I never get tired of
hearing it either.
Sly: What an
awesome idea, we could not reach God so He
came down to us.
Blossom: Don’t you want everyone
to know that?
we were doing the story I realized that we are
just decoration in the whole picture.
Perhaps I got a
little overenthusiastic about my role in the
Michaela: A LITTLE?????
OK. OK. So I overdid it. But
don’t we do that at
Christmas time? It’s about me. What I
Christmas. What I want to do. Where I
to go. Christmas began with God reaching out
to us. Shouldn’t we reach out to others?
Michaela: You should reach out
to me, Carl. A play station 3 (may
popular toy) would be a nice reach. One like
Blossom’s would be
and I’d love for you to give me guitar hero, Carl.
Sly: Oh cool,
and how about an IPad (or some other popular
device) for me.
Blossom: Since I have all those
things, I guess I don’t need
anything for Christmas.
Carl, Michaela, Oscar and Sly:
Michaela: Girl, you rock.
Carl: Wait a
minute. Wait a minute. Didn’t we just
about Christmas not being about us?
Blossom: No. We talked
about Christmas not being about you,
Yeah. You need to get away from the idea
that you are
the most important one at Christmas.
Carl: But I….
shouldn’t be just for you, Carl.
what I’ve been…..
Michaela: You’ve got that right,
Sly. Carl thought he was the
important one in the play.
you see, I understand that now? I’m trying
us making Christmas about sharing God’s love.
Blossom: We know, my
friend. We were just giving you a hard
Yeah. We knew what you were saying.
Michaela: We love you, Carl
Sly: Hey, you
know what? I know a family of chipmunks
that need a new place to live. Let’s work
build them one so we can show that we know God
loves them too.
Perfect. Let’s think about this. I’m
sure we can make a
list of others that need God’s love.
Narrator: And that’s exactly
what they did. In no time they had a
long list and the thought of sharing God’s love
this Christmas the most wonderful time of the
Sounds like an awesome concept, don’t you
think? May God’s love be in your hearts and
work through your hands this Christmas.