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Christmas Day Hilarity

January 2nd, 2010 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Jesus' Christmas Party Nicholas Allan

Heavens to Murgatroyd, Christmas Day was fun!

I forgot to say, unfortunately, that the mad, mad nativity play we enjoyed was of course adapted from Nicholas Allan’s masterpiece of a picture book, Jesus’ Christmas Party, which we read last Advent (without the French accent we were treated to on Friday!).

Thank you to all the good-humoured ‘volunteers’ and especially to our wardrobe supervisors, Kimberly and Kathy.

It’s days like this that sum up what it’s like to be a place of shelter, faith and laughter, I reckon.  Everyone was welcome and included (about 50-50 visitors and regulars on Friday), we celebrated the birth of Jesus with some profound words from the gospels of John and Luke, and then we re-enacted that first birthday with a great deal of hilarity.  (One guest was overheard to say “This is great!  It isn’t boring at all!”, with a hint of surprise in their tone :).)

My favourite moment was probably little Hannah dressed up as the star in the East.  “Then the innkeeper was woken by a bright light”: cue Hannah shining her torch into Matt’s eyes, and when that didn’t work, shaking him and pulling off the duvet, just like my Dad used to have to to get me up on winter’s mornings!

What was your favourite part?

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  • 1 Robyn Ryan Jan 2, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    my favourite part?? Was our Inn Keeper trying to get some sleep……….made me smile “inside”

  • 2 Liane Lovegrove Jan 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I loved the whole thing. The service was the best part of my Christmas day. I love getting together with my friends/family and West and truely celebrating the reason for the season.

  • 3 Just Before We Pack Up the Decorations Jan 10, 2010 at 1:22 am

    […] baby Jesus rather than trees and presents, if you follow me).  This year we treated ourselves to Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan and Cat in the Manger by Michael Foreman.  And last year we read the […]