The Christmas Story

© Written by Leanne Guenther (with a few suggested adaptations by Jerry Lynn Maldet)

- a play/musical ==> for lyrics, tune and sheet music for the suggested songs, visit our songs section

You can substitute other songs for the ones I've suggested.  You can have one child recite each verse of the poem or you can have one person read the whole thing while the children sing.

My thought was to have 3 groups of children each sing a different song, dressed in different costumes.  Then have all of the children join together to sing the final song.

I've added a second song suggestion, in red in case you have more than three groups of singers.

Once upon a time,
A long, long time ago.
Begins the story of a baby,
That most of you should know.

His daddy's name was Joseph,
And Mary was His mom,
This babe was very special 
He was God's only Son.

"Mary's Boy Child"  (one singer can be dressed as Mary holding a baby doll, one as Joseph and others as various animals)

"What Child is This?"

Mary rode a camel,
And Joseph walked along,
While angels watched from afar
Celebrating in song.

When they arrived in Bethlehem,
The couple was turned away,
By keepers of the inn
Telling them of no place to stay.

Now Joseph- he insisted
That his wife has someplace to stay,
The keeper told him of a stable
With animals and hay.

Mary and Joseph's journey ended
In a stable filled with hay,
It was there that Mary gave birth,
To our King on this day.

Some angels came from heaven,
And they began to sing.
To the shepherds in the fields below,
"Glad tidings do we bring!"

"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"  (singers can be dressed as angels, shepherds and sheep)

"The First Noel"

Word of the King's arrival
Soon spread very fast,
The Angels told Shepherds
That a Savior was born at last.

A bright star lit the heavens,
To light the magi's way,
To the baby in the manger
Who was born on Christmas day.

"Away in a Manger"  (singers can be dressed as the three kings/magi and as stars (use poster board cut in a star shape and wear it as a sandwich board -- decorate the star shape with garland))

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" (toddler/preschool aged children dressed as stars)

And all who gathered round Him,
Rejoiced and praised His birth.
For the babe, the King, named Jesus,
Is our Saviour here on earth!

So as we celebrate Christmas
With Candy and presents and more
Remember we have a Savior,
Giving us life evermore.

"Joy to the World"  (all singers, singing together)


(written by Leanne Guenther with adaptations by Jerry Lynn Maldet - indicated with 'JLM')
Thanks a bunch Jerry for your extra verses!

Jerry says... "I found the "Christmas Story" very helpful, but I needed to add extra verses for all of the children participating in our play."

Try our Christmas Crafts to go with this play.