Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Traditions - Pink Saturday

This week Miss Beverly over at How Sweet the Sound has asked us to share a favorite Christmas tradition. One of our favorite traditions is to read aloud The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.

This started many years ago, but it always makes us think about the true meaning of Christmas and just how fresh the story looks to new eyes that haven't ever heard the story. To many of us the story becomes old hat, but the story of the Herdmans and their invasion of a local Christmas pageant always gives the story of Jesus as a newborn baby a fresh look. This year was extra special because our local theater group put on the play and some of my favorite people were in it. I laughed so hard my face hurt and I thought my ribs would break. They truly did a fabulous job with the play.

"The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.
None of the Herdmans have ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale (the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating) has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever."

My best friend, Brenda, playing the role of Mrs. Armstrong. She was hilarious!

The final scene of the Christmas Pageant, the crowd is quiet as they watch the Herdmans, who are in total awe of the story and the newborn king.   If you have never had the opportunity to read this story, I encourage you to try it this year. It is one of our family's favorites.

Another thing we like to do as a family is watch It's a Wonderful Life. I imagine there are many out there who watch this wonderful story which helps us to realize that we touch many, many lives and the world is a better place, just because each of us is in it.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Tricia, those sound like two excellent traditions! I love the book and the movie. :-)

Happy Pink Saturday and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours...


Sheila :-)

someplace in thyme said...

The holidays would not be complete without It's a Wonderful Life. We also have to watch all the other great holiday movies out there. It's so much fun. Happy Pink Saturday and I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Char

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Tricia,
I love the movie, 'It's A Wonderful Life!' Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Christmas blessings,

Connie said...

Thank you for your visit and your comment, sugar! It's nice to meet you. I'm still making the rounds for Pink Saturday, but answer those who comment first.

xoxo and Merry Christmas,

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my have I missed this story? I'm going to have to check it out next year... :-)

We watch It's a Wonderful Life every year too, but somehow my DVD has come up missing.....I think I've loaned it who?? :-) Yep, that is the question...

Have a wonderful Christmas!


Self Sagacity said...

Merry Christmas! I admire homeschool moms! How do you do it? Well, for another time- I am sure. Just wanted to thank you for stopping by and your welcome. Warm wishes.

Pam said...

It's a Wonderful Life is a wonderful holiday movie. I haven't read the book but have written down the name and will check it out at the library. Sounds like a story the GDs might like to hear.

Happy Pink Saturday

Susie Jefferson said...

Lovely traditions - I haven't heard of the book, but will try to find it (might be difficult in the UK). And the film is a firm favourite - I always need a few tissues!

Thanks so much for visiting, Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas in advance!


I am going to seek out this book. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

Maggie B said...

Hi Tricia,
I have neer heard of this book before but it sounds like a good read, especially for children.
I watched A Wonderful Life whilst decorating my tree last week, it's kind of one of our traditions too.
Thanks for stoppig off in Normandy, I love receiving new visitors, please come & see me again soon.
P.S. Sadly the snow is almost all gone now.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh how I would love to have seen that play....what fun! Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas.

Ruth said...

Hi Tricia,
Just wanted to let you know that you won my PS GiveAway ~ congratulations! Please email your details to: and I'll pop it in the post after Christmas.