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.