December 28, 2004 at 7:16 pm #245267
Scroll down to find lots of LDS Christmas programs. Some of these Christmas programs were submitted by users from around the world, some came from the Friend magazine, and others are links to programs on this site and others.
December 29, 2004 at 7:04 pm #245283
The Christmas Story from the Book of Mormon
By Pat Graham
Pat Graham, “Sharing Time: The Christmas Story from the Book of Mormon,” Friend, Dec. 1985, 40
Directions: This program can be presented with your family during the Christmas season. Some family members will be readers. They could wear costumes, or you could display the pictures on this page to identify the characters.
Assign the parts, and write each readerâ€™s name in the blank by his part. Make copies of the parts so that everyone can practice reading slowly and with expression.
Ask someone to lead the music and someone to play the songs. Practice the songs before the program begins. As the director, it is your responsibility to help everyone do his part well.
Song: “December” (Sing with Me, F-9).
The best part of December–
My favorite time, by far–
Is when we read the story
Of the Baby and the star.
At Christmastime we all love to read from the Bible the familiar story of the birth of baby Jesus.
The Book of Mormon also tells about the birth of Jesus and about the star. People on both sides of the world knew of the coming of the Savior.
Song: “Beautiful Savior” (Sing with Me, B-6).
A few years after Lehi and his family journeyed to America, his son Nephi beheld a vision of the city of Nazareth and a beautiful virgin who was to be the mother of the Son of God …
Nephi, the son of Lehi:
And it came to pass that I looked and beheld … the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white.
And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.
And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! (1 Ne. 11:13, 1 Ne. 20-21.)
Later the Nephites and the Lamanites were also told of the coming of Jesus by Samuel, a Lamanite prophet.
Samuel, the Lamanite:
Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.
And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.
And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you. (Hel. 14:2-3, 5.)
Song: “Christmas in Zarahemla” (Friend, December 1985, page 29), first verse only.
Many Nephites did not believe Samuel. They threw rocks and shot arrows at him. But Samuel was protected until he had delivered his message. Then he returned to his own people in Zarahemla.
Some of the people, however, did believe Samuelâ€™s words, and they repented and were baptized. Nephi, the grandson of Helaman, was a leader among those who believed. When five years had almost ended, the wicked unbelievers said that they would kill the righteous people if the signs prophesied by Samuel did not appear.
Nephi prayed for the people who believed in Jesus Christ. He did not want the wicked people to kill them. He prayed all day, and then the Lord spoke to him.
Voice of the Lord:
Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets. (3 Ne. 1:13.)
It all happened. Here is how Mormon recorded it from the Large Plates of Nephi: “And it came to pass that the words which came unto Nephi were fulfilled, according as they had been spoken; for behold, at the going down of the sun there was no darkness; and the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came.
“And it came to pass also that a new star did appear, according to the word.” (3 Ne. 1:15, 3 Ne. 21.)
Song: “Christmas in Zarahemla,” second verse.
I love the Christmas story,
I love the songs we sing,
But most of all I love the Savior–
Jesus Christ, the King.
Song: “Once Within a Lowly Stable” (Sing with Me, F-12). A girl dressed like Mary could pose holding doll while family sings.
The star had risen. The prophecy had been fulfilled. And faithful people in both hemispheres saw the sign and understood. Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Song: “Christmas Bells” (Sing with Me, F-13), voice or bell descant, and or “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” (Hymns, no. 202), first verse only.
Sharing Time Ideas
1. Adapt this program to fit the number of children you wish to involve. You could combine this presentation with “A Nativity Presentation” (Friend, December 1984, page 12).
December 29, 2004 at 7:08 pm #245282
A Nativity Presentation
By Pat Graham and Alice Morrey Bailey
Pat Graham and Alice Morrey Bailey, “Sharing Time: A Nativity Presentation,” Friend, Dec. 1984, 12
Directions: Here is a program that you can present with your family during the Christmas season. Some of the family members will be readers and some will wear costumes and pantomime the actions. You can all sit in a circle, or you can have a “stage” area for those pantomiming.
If you are the director, you will choose which person will say or act out each part. If there are only a few members in your family, have only one or two people do all the reading. Write each readerâ€™s name in the blank by his parts. Family members chosen to pantomime may need to take more than one part.
Have everyone design his own costume, or cut out each characterâ€™s picture from this page and glue it onto a name tag. Ask someone to lead the music and someone to hum or to play the background songs on an instrument. Everyone should practice his part. You can share this magazine or make copies of these pages for everyone.
Every Christmas season
Our eyes grow strangely dim
When all the little children
Sing a cradle hymn.
Song: “Christmas Cradle Song” (Sing with Me, F-5).
(Little children could hold dolls and rock them during singing.)
Think of that first Christmas,
And from your heart will stem
A picture pathway leading
Back to Bethlehem.
Background music: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (Hymns, no. 165).
(Mary and Joseph should begin at the back of the room. Innkeepers should stand at three locations along their path. All should pantomime the words of the story.)
“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 all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.”
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem …
“To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.”
(Mary and Joseph slowly walk toward First Innkeeper. Children with speaking parts need not be seen.)
Voice of Joseph _____________:
Do you have room for us at your inn?
Voice of First Innkeeper _____________:
No, all of our rooms are full.
(Mary and Joseph walk to Second Innkeeper.)
Voice of Joseph ______________:
Do you have room for us at your inn?
Voice of Second Innkeeper _____________:
No. we have no more room here.
(Mary and Joseph walk to Third Innkeeper.)
Voice of Joseph ____________:
Do you have room for us at your inn?
Voice of Third Innkeeper _______________:
Nothing at all. Every room is filled.
Voice of Joseph ____________:
We have come a long way, and my wife, Mary, is very tired. Surely you have some place where she can rest.
Voice of Third Innkeeper ______________:
Thereâ€™s an unused stable. If you want to use it, you may.
Voice of Joseph ____________:
Thank you for your kindness, but Mary needs a comfortable room to rest in.
Voice of Mary _____________:
Joseph, let us take the stable. I cannot go farther.
(Third Innkeeper leads Mary and Joseph to a stable with a stone manger.)
“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
(Mary lifts doll from cradle and hugs it.)
Song: “Maryâ€™s Lullaby to the Infant King” (Sing with Me, F-10) or “Sleep Little Jesus,” (Friend, December 1981, page 38).
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
“And the angel said unto them,”
Voice of Angel _____________:
“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Song: “Far, Far Away on Judeaâ€™s Plains” (Hymns, no. 33), one verse.
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”
“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”
(Shepherds walk to manger.)
Song: “Picture a Christmas” (Friend, December 1983, page 28).
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there [later] came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, …
“And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
(Mary and Joseph take doll out of manger area. Mary sits down and places doll in a cradle. Wise Men walk to family and kneel.)
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
(Wise Men place gifts in front of cradle.)
These earthly treasures were gifts fit for a king. Yet Jesusâ€™ own gift was the greatest gift of all. He brought eternal life. Let your thoughts be upon Him at this time of year so that you may learn of Him and follow in His footsteps.
Song: “He Sent His Son” (Friend, December 1984, page 10) or “Joy to the World” (Hymns, no. 89).
Quotations are from Luke 2 and Matthew 2 [Matt. 2].
Sharing Time Ideas
1. Adapt this program to fit the number of children you wish to involve. To involve more children, you could assign each narrative part to a different person.
2. Additional songs or hymns can be added, using soloists, small groups, a class, all the children, or the entire congregation.
3. A microphone can be passed to the people with speaking parts, or the narrator(s) and angel could use the pulpit microphone.
4. Before each song is performed, the accompanist might play it softly as background music.
December 29, 2004 at 7:18 pm #245281
Come unto Christ
By Laurel Rohlfing
For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you (D&C 78:7).
Laurel Rohlfing, “Sharing Time: Come unto Christ,” Friend, Dec. 1989, 8
As you celebrate Christmas, this program will help you and your family remember Jesus and His love for you. Before you begin, have family members draw pictures of scenes to use during the program, or use pictures from your ward/branch library. Costumes and props also could be used to dramatize the scenes described. Combine or divide the speaking parts, depending on how many people participate.
Song: “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Songbook, page 34, or Friend, December 1984, page 10)
First Reader: Come unto Christ this Christmas. Come to the Savior of all. Come, do the things He has asked you. Come, follow Him; hear His call.
Second Reader: When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the shepherds came to worship the Babe that the prophets testified should come into the world.
Third Reader: “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11.)
Fourth Reader: First ReaderAnd it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us” (Luke 2:15).
Everyone: And they came unto Christ.
Third Reader: “Behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matt. 2:1-2).
Fourth Reader: “And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” (Matt. 2:9-10.)
Everyone: And they came unto Christ.
Song: “Away in a Manger” (Children’s Songbook, page 42, or Hymns, no. 206)
Second Reader: During Jesus’ earthly ministry, many people came to hear Him preach the gospel and see Him perform miracles.
Third Reader: “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching … and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. … And there followed him great multitudes of people.” (Matt. 4:23, 25.)
Fourth Reader: Jesus said: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
Everyone: And they came unto Christ.
Song: “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, page 57)
Second Reader: The resurrected Christ showed Himself to the Nephites on the American continent and asked them to come unto Him.
Third Reader: “Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world” (3 Ne. 11:14).
Fourth Reader: “And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying: Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.” (3 Ne. 11:16-17.)
Everyone: And they came unto Christ.
Song: “Easter Hosanna” (Children’s Songbook, page 68, verse 2, or Friend, April 1982, page 44)
First Reader: Jesus suffered for our sins, gave His life, and was resurrected so that all men everywhere could have eternal life if they would but come unto Him.
Third Reader: “For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him” (D&C 18:11).
Second Reader: Jesus Christ lives today, and He loves us. He wants all of us to come unto Him so that we can return to heaven and live with Him again.
First Reader: I can come unto Christ by reading the scriptures and praying to Heavenly Father.
Second Reader: I can come unto Christ by following His example and by keeping His commandments.
Third Reader: I can come unto Christ by repenting, by being baptized, and by receiving the Holy Ghost.
Fourth Reader: I can come unto Christ by partaking of the sacrament.
First Reader: I can come unto Christ by living worthily so that I can receive the blessings of the temple.
Song: “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (Children’s Songbook, page 74)
Fourth Reader: In the Book of Mormon we read: “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” (Moro. 10:32).
First Reader: Yes, come unto Christ this Christmas.
Come, learn of Him and His love.
Come and learn to be like Him.
Come honor Him above.
Song: “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” (Hymns, page 202)
Sharing Time Ideas
1. Divide children into groups and have them draw pictures of scenes in program. Join pictures together and make roller-box picture show. (See Primary Sharing Time Resource Manual, page 29.)
2. Have each child write on narrow pieces of paper things he/she can do to follow Jesus’ example and come unto Him. Link papers together in chain for tree decoration, or make into advent calendar.
3. Each child could tell his favorite story of Jesus and draw picture to accompany it.
4. Make copies of picture of Christ and mount on poster board. Let children decorate poster board frame and display it at home.
5. Have children write Christmas card or letter to someone they love, expressing why they love Jesus.
December 29, 2004 at 7:26 pm #245280
Get the silhouette images described below from lds.org by clicking the link below.
Two Witnesses of Jesus’ Birth
By Laurel Rohlfing
Laurel Rohlfing, “Sharing Time: Two Witnesses of Jesus’ Birth,” Friend, Dec. 1988, 8
You can do this program with your family or friends for Christmas. As you tell the story, show the scenes, using a shadow box and the silhouettes pictured here. Or make living scenes by dressing like the characters in the program.
Instructions for shadow box and silhouette figures: Stretch and tack muslin or a piece of unpatterned bed sheet onto a picture frame. Or two people could hold a sheet tightly between them. Mount the silhouettes on cardboard and cut out. Using hot glue or clay, attach small dowels at right angles to the backs of the silhouettes. Light the fabric from behind and from the sides with a clip-on light or an overhead or a slide projector. The audience will see the silhouettes as soon as they touch the fabric.
Optional: Silhouette figures could be enlarged.
Song: “Ring Out the Bells” (Sing with Me, F-22)
Child: Christmas is a happy time,
A time of joy and mirth,
When people all throughout the world
Proclaim the Savior’s birth.
[Silhouette figure: Babe in manger]
Child: Many years before He came
The prophets did foretell
That Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Would come on earth to dwell.
[Silhouette figures: Add Bible and Book of Mormon]
Child: The Bible tells of Jesus’ birth;
The Book of Mormon, too-
Two witnesses that Christ was born,
And we know that they are true.
Child: Both scriptures tell that Jesus Christ
Would be the Baby’s name.
Although the books are different,
The truth is just the same.
[Silhouette figures: Nephi, Babe in manger]
Narrator 1: In the Book of Mormon the prophet Nephi testifies: “For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and … his name shall be Jesus Christ” (2 Ne. 25:19).
[Silhouette figures: Angel, Joseph]
Narrator 2: In the Bible an angel appeared in a dream to Joseph, Mary’s husband, and said: “[Mary] shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS” (Matt. 1:21).
Song: “Christmas Cradle Song” (Sing with Me, F-5)
[Silhouette figures: Mary, Babe in manger]
Child: The mother of our Savior was
A virgin, pure and fair.
Her baby was the Son of God
The scriptures both declare.
[Silhouette figures: Isaiah, Mary, Babe in manger, angel]
Narrator 2: In the Bible we learn from the prophet Isaiah: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son” (Isa. 7:14). And an angel told Mary: “That holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
[Silhouette figures: Nephi, Mary, Babe in manger]
Narrator 1: The prophet Nephi in the Book of Mormon tells us: “I beheld a virgin, and she was … most beautiful and fair above all other virgins. … [And she was] the mother of the Son of God.” (1 Ne. 11:13, 15, 18.)
Song: “Who Is the Child?” (More Songs for Children, page 64)
Child: The scriptures testify that signs
Would tell of Jesus’ birth.
The people knew when they appeared
That Christ would come to earth.
[Silhouette figures: Shepherds, sheep, angel]
Narrator 2: In Luke we read: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. … And the angel said unto them, … “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8, 10â€“12.)
[Silhouette figures: Star, Wise Men on camels]
Narrator 2: In Matthew we read about the sign of the star: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, … behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. … And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” (Matt. 2:1â€“2, 9â€“10.)
[Silhouette figures: Samuel on city wall; sun rising, setting, and rising again; star]
Narrator 1: In the Book of Mormon, Samuel the Lamanite stood upon the city wall and proclaimed: “And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; … there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; … for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; … nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born. And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.’ (Hel. 14:3â€“5.)
Song: First verse of “Samuel the Lamanite” (Friend, December 1988, page 32.)
[Silhouette figure: Book of Mormon]
Narrator 1: In the Book of Mormon, we read that the night before His birth, the voice of the Savior declared: “Be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets” (3 Ne. 1:13).
[Silhouette figures: angels]
Child: The angels sang of peace on earth;
They sang o’er Bethlehem.
And in the Book of Mormon
There was peace, good will toward men.
[Silhouette figures: Bible, Book of Mormon, entire manger scene]
Child: Yes, the Bible tells of Jesus’ birth,
The Book of Mormon, too-
Two witnesses that Christ was born,
And we know that they are true.
Song: “Joy to the World” (Hymns, no. 201.)
Sharing Time Ideas
1. Adapt program to fit number of children in your Primary. Have children prepare silhouette figures, then give program for each other. Younger children could tell Christmas story in their own words, using shadow box and silhouette figures.
2. Divide group into two teams-one using Bible; other, Book of Mormon. Have children look up scriptures listed in program to answer questions such as: “What signs were given of Savior’s birth?” “Who revealed that name of Son of God was to be Jesus Christ?” Class members could compete in this.
3. Make roller box (see Primary Sharing Time Resource Manual, page 29), and attach silhouettes to roll of paper. This could be done as a group or individually.
4. Children could make three-dimensional diorama by arranging silhouettes in small box.
5. Tell or dramatize “The Christmas Story” (Friend, December 1985, page 40) or “The Day There Was No Night” (Friend, December 1978, page 10.)
6. Additional songs from approved resources could supplement program. You might consider “Mary’s Lullaby to the Infant King” (Sing with Me, F-10), “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” (Hymns, no. 202), “Christmas in Zarahemla” (Friend, December 1985, page 29), and “First Christmas in America” (Friend, December 1978, page 20.)
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Secret of the Star (Christmas)
submitted by Donna C.
To inspire the class to give the gift of self to the Savior. To overcome a weakness or be a better servant. This lesson is perfect for following up with a goal setting class for the New Year.
Make handmade 6-pointed paper star ornaments by pressing paper pulp into a chocolate sucker mold. The mold is rounded with a symetrical poinsetia or snowflake inside.(Google for info on how to make paper.) While wet, make sure light cannot be seen through the ornament to make sure it is thick enough. Then when dry, pop out and rub lightly with gold and silver glitter glue. This will bring out the star shape. Use a needle to thread embroidery floss for hanging.
I also printed a sheet with the intro on it and a second sheet with the references and a copy of a six-pointed star, for personal notes.
On the table could be a picture of the wise men following the star.
Intro is read while Silent Night is played softly in the background:
Intro.- The Secret of The Star
I. A long time ago a baby was born-
It had been foretold before the earth was formed;
In a stable with a manger bed.
II. A new star appeared in the heavens to show the way to the place where
Wise men from the east and wise shepherds from the fields came to
worship and bring gifts.
III. But the star remains more than just another light in the sky. It continues
it’s work of ancient days-
Each point on that Jewish star guides us back to the presence of the
Great One who was found in that cradle of straw.
Each point is a symbol of our gift to Him Who Gave Us All.
IV. The simple gift of ourselves is all he asks. The return of the sheep to
Bought without money and is without price.
We are his treasure; that for which his very life was given.
V. He first loved us and we love him. It is now our turn to follow the star-
Wise men still seek him.
Look up! Look up! Look up and follow the star!
The lesson is taken from the Doctrine and Covenants Sec. 112, and is a discussion of these selected verses:
1.Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant…I have heard thy prayers; and thine alms have come up as a memorial before me…
3. …Inasmuch as thou hast abased (or humbled) thyself thou shalt be exalted; therefore all thy sins are forgiven thee.
4. Let thy heart be of good cheer before my face; and thou shalt bear record of my name…
5. Contend thou, therefore, morning by morning; and day after day…
7. …Gird up thy loins…let thy feet be shod also, for thou art chosen.
10. Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answers to thy prayers.
11. I know thy heart, and have heard thy prayers…love…thyself; and let thy love abound unto all men, and unto all who love my name.
12. And pray for thy brethren…and be ye faithful before me unto my name.
14. Now, I say unto you…take up your cross, follow me and feed my sheep.
19. …And I will be with you…
22. …Abide in my word, and hearken unto the voice of my spirit.
28. Purify your heart before me…
32. For verily I say unto you…(that) which ye have received (has) come down from the fathers, and last of all, (is) being sent down from heaven, unto you.
The six points are-
Pray, Be Humble, Obey, Love Thyself and Others, Serve Others, Believe.
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October 29, 2009 at 11:07 am #245272
I have written a base script for an LDS Christmas program found here:
It includes the nativity story as found in Luke and Matthew of the King James version of the Bible. You need very little preparation for this script: just assign out the readings, and share the music selections you’ve chosen for each part. If you like, you can ask people to sing solos or perform on instruments. You might even ask families or auxiliaries to sing certain songs.
This script is very versatile and parts or all of it can also be used to perform a nativity scene during a ward activity or family home evening.
You’ll note there are several hymns suggested at each break in the reading – just choose a hymn (or two or three) that you like, and enjoy! I have marked in bold the songs I think fit the scriptures best. There are also suggestions from the Children’s Songbook (CS) if you want to use Primary music for your Christmas performance.
October 29, 2009 at 11:25 am #245271
Christmas in the Americas:
A Christmas Program
By Patricia Reece Roper
Source: “Christmas in the Americas: A Christmas Program“, Friend, Dec. 2004, 18
Use this Christmas program for your ward, Primary sharing time, or family gathering. You will need people for the following roles:
An angelic choir
Although this play is designed for 16 or more cast members, roles could be easily combined to accommodate fewer participants. For costume and prop ideas, see page 21. All songs are from the Children’s Songbook unless otherwise noted.
Narrator #1: Long ago in the town of Bethlehem, a wonderful miracle took place.
Narrator #2: On the night Jesus Christ was born, signs in heaven were seen by people both in Judea and in the Americas. Our Savior had been born.
Song: “Hosanna” (pp. 66–67)
Nephite #1: Look there! It is just as Samuel prophesied. A great star!
Nephite #2: Yes, the sun has gone down, but it is still light. There is no darkness at all.
Nephite #3: He has come! The Son of God has come into the world to redeem all who repent and come unto Him.
Nephite #4: It happened in five years, just as Samuel said. He really was a prophet of God. Do you remember when he spoke to us?
Song: “Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus,” verse one (p. 36)
Samuel: “Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name” (Hel. 14:2).
Unbeliever #1: How can that be?
Samuel: “And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day” (Hel. 14:3).
Unbeliever #2: I can’t believe it! This man is crazy!
Samuel: “And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you” (Hel. 14:5).
Song: “Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus,” verse two (p. 36)
Shepherd #1: It’s such a calm and peaceful night.
Shepherd #2: Yes. The stars sure are bright and clear in the sky. I don’t think I’ve ever seem them shining so brightly.
Shepherd #3: That one over there is the brightest by far. It seems to shine right over Bethlehem.
Song: “Stars Were Gleaming” (p. 37)
Nephite #5: If we can see the star, I’m sure that others can see it, too.
Nephite #6: Surely they must know that the star is a sign of the coming of the Son of God.
Nephite #7: I’m sure the Lord has found a way to tell them, just as He sent Samuel the prophet to tell us.
Song: Softly play “Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains” (Hymns, no. 212) in the background as shepherds show signs of fear while looking at the angel.
Angel: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10–12).
Song: Members of Angelic Choir enter and sing first verse of “Joy to the World” (Hymns, no. 201).
Nephite #6: Seeing this star is wonderful, but it is also difficult to understand.
Nephite #2: What don’t you understand?
Nephite #6: Well, why did the Son of God have to come to earth?
Nephite #4: Samuel said that Christ would come to save all those who have faith in Him and keep His commandments. God loves us, so He sent His Son to show us the way back to heaven.
Song: “He Sent His Son” (pp. 34–35)
Nephite #3: I remember that wicked people did not want to listen to Samuel. They were mad because he spoke the truth.
Nephite #1: They tried to kill him just for prophesying of the birth of the Son of God.
Nephite #5: If people here tried to kill Samuel just for prophesying, I wonder if wicked people will also try to kill the Son of God in His country!
Nephite #1: Don’t be afraid—the Son of God will be safe, I know it. Tonight is a night of peace and joy, not fear.
Nephite #7: Yes, and He has a mother, remember? She will watch over Him.
Nephite #5: I wonder what she’s like.
Song: “Mary’s Lullaby” (pp. 44–45)
Nephite #6: Do you think we’ll ever get to see the Son of God?
Nephite #4: Well, if He’s the Son of God, He can do anything. The Savior could even come and visit us!
Nephite #2: He will come. I feel the Spirit testify to me that He will come. I only wonder when.
Narrator #1: We share these same feelings today. We wonder when the Savior will return in our time.
Song: “When He Comes Again” (pp. 82–83)
Narrator #1: In spite of the great ocean separating these two continents, people in Judea and America recognized the promised signs of the Savior’s birth.
Narrator #2: We can feel peace as we read about Christ’s birth in the Bible and Book of Mormon.
Narrator #1: Sometimes we can even feel it when we look up at the stars, and think of the joy that was experienced by so many when they saw the star 2,000 years ago.
Narrator #2: Just as the Nephite and Judean children of old were joined together in love for one night, perhaps we can feel peace and love right now as we join in singing “Silent Night” together.
Song: “Silent Night” (Hymns, no. 204)
Costume and Prop Ideas
It’s time to put on another year’s Christmas program, and once again there are shepherds to dress and stables to create. Here are some helpful hints:
• Bathrobes, large towels, and sheets make great costumes. They are easy to get in and out of, come in a variety of colors, and can still be used after the program ends. (Make sure costumes aren’t too long so no one trips.)
• Remember to keep costumes simple—more than two layers will be too bulky to manage easily.
• If you don’t have any wood for a shepherd’s staff, try using cardboard from a roll of wrapping paper or a length of plastic PVC pipe wrapped in brown tape.
• For large scenery backdrops, ask a home improvement, furniture, or appliance store for old cardboard refrigerator boxes. These are free and large enough to create scenery that is visually appealing. They can be painted using acrylic paints—but remember to focus on shapes and ideas, not small details.
• Many tissue boxes come elaborately decorated for the holiday season. Try using three different sizes of decorated tissue boxes for the Wise Men’s gifts. If they are empty, fill them with something so they are handled more realistically. You could even fill them with treats to hand out after the Christmas program ends.
November 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm #245270
Skit from Night in Bethlehem
When most of the families have finished eating the lights will be dimmed and Mary and Joseph will enter and weave though the throng looking for a place to stay. Have them wander around a little until you can see that they are noticed. When they have been seen, turn off all the lights except for the stars and the spotlight. This is the beginning of the program.
CENTURION: (reads proclamation) “Here ye! Here Ye! Gather your families around and give heed to the words that are said.
NARRATOR: For the Kingdom of Heaven is soon at hand; yeas the Son of God cometh in His glory, in his might, majesty and dominion. Yea my beloved brethren, I say unto you, that the Spirit saith; Behold the glory of the king of the earth; and also the king of Heaven shall very soon shine forth among all the children of men. thus we should “make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: Make a loud noise, and rejoice and sing praise.”
SONG: Joy to the World (everyone)
NARRATOR: And it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
SONG: O Little Town of Bethlehem–have Joseph and Mary make their way to the stage and the manger as the song ends.
NARRATOR: And so it was there that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought him forth her first born son and wrapped in him swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the Inn. And there in the same country, shepherds abiding in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by nights. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were sore afraid.
LIGHT SHINES ON SHEPHERDS
NARRATOR: And the angel said unto them Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manager. And suddenly there was the angel with a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass as the angles were gone away from them into Heaven, the shepherds said one to another. Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which came to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
SHEPHERDS GO TO THE MANGER AND KNEEL BEFORE BABY JESUS.
SONG: Away in a Manager (everyone)
NARRATOR: And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the babe laying in a manger. And the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all the things they had seen and heard, as it was told to them.
SHEPHERDS LEAVE–WISE MEN ENTER
NARRATOR: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem
saying “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” For we have seen
his star in the East and are come to worship him.” And lo he star, which they saw in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they saw the Star, they rejoiced with exceeding joy. And when they were come to his house they saw the young child with his mother Mary his mother and fell down and worshipped him: and when they opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
WISEMEN PRESENT GIFTS TO BABY JESUS
EVERYONE ON STAGE FREEZES AND STAYS THERE UNTIL THE SONG IS OVER
NARRATOR: Now 2000 years later we approach this most joyous and sacred
time of the year when we celebrate our Savior’s birth. It is the greatest season of the year when we have the desire to give to others. When Jesus came as a lowly babe, there was no room in the Inn. Today, every heart and every home should bid him welcome. Christ came to bring us peace and eternal life. Let us accept his gift with thankfulness, gratitude and remembrance. In remembrance of that most silent and holy night when God sent down his ultimate gist of love.
SONG: Silent Night (everyone)
CLOSING PRAYER: Pre-assigned
November 8, 2011 at 12:07 am #245269
Wgere can I find the music for the program?
November 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm #245268
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