Happy Birthday Jesus! with Lambchop
one prop - Bible Narrator - (knock several times on basket with lid) Hello, Lambchop ... are you home? Lambchop? (slowly lift basket lid and reveal Lambchop) Oh! There you are. Hi little friend! Come on out and visit. I've been trying to get ready for Christmas. (say as put Lambchop on your hand) Lambchop - (frequently says Baa - Baa before / during her speaking parts) Hi Ms. Cathy! (substitute your narrator's name) Me too ~ I've been trying to get ready for Christmas. I just LOVE Christmas!!! Narrator - Well, what have you been doing? Lambchop - I was just wrapping some presents. Narrator - NICE! Lambchop - And last night my animal friends helped me put up my last string of twinkle lights. Narrator - WOW ~ I bet your tree is the prettiest one ever, Lambchop. Lambchop - (laugh) Oh, no, Ms. Cathy. We didn't decorate a tree. We decorated the BARN! Narrator - (laugh too) Well, of course you did Lambchop. Silly me. And I bet it's just beautiful!!! Lambchop - Yes ~ and the last thing we did was put a Big Star on the rooftop! Narrator - Great! You know, Lambchop, that reminds me of a story in the Bible. Maybe you've heard it? Lambchop - Tell me, Ms. Cathy. Narrator - Well, Lambchop, some visitors from the East saw Jesus' star in the sky and followed it and followed it until it stopped over the place where the Child was. Some people call them the Three Kings or the Three Wisemen. They rode camels for miles and miles, each bringing Jesus a special gift. Lambchop - (excited) Yes! Exactly! I know that story, Ms. Cathy. As a matter of fact, I have a VERY special connection to that Big Star God put in the sky the night Jesus was born. Narrator - You do? What's that Lambchop? Lambchop - You see ~ my great, great, great, great, GREAT Grandma Matilda was the little lamb in that Christmas song that asks the question, "Do you see what I see?" Narrator - Really? That's incredible, Lambchop! Well, what did she say about the star? Lambchop - She said it was the Biggest, Brightest, MOST Brilliant star she'd ever seen! AND ~ it had a tail as big as a kite. Narrator - (laughing) Now that does sound like the song, doesn't it? Lambchop - (laughing too) I know ... right? And, Ms. Cathy, that's my favorite verse in the whole song. Will you sing it for me? Narrator - Oh, Lambchop, I don't know. I can't really sing. Lambchop - PLEASE. Narrator - Well, it IS Christmas. I guess I can give it a go. OK ~ "Said the night wind to the little lamb - Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky little lamb - Do you see what I see? A star ... A star ... shining in the night With a tail as big as a kite - With a tail as big as a kite." (Lambchop dances and claps throughout the singing) Lambchop - Oh, Thank You, Ms. Cathy! That was PERFECT. Narrator - (chuckling) Well, you're welcome, Lambchop. Lambchop - And guess what, Ms. Cathy? Narrator - I don't know - what, Lambchop? Lambchop - The star isn't the only thing my Grandma Matilda saw that night. Narrator - It wasn't? Lambchop - (excited) No ~ she also saw the Baby JESUS!!! Narrator - NO WAY! Lambchop - Yes, Ms. Cathy. It's true! For years and years, our flocks have been passing down her story for generations. And it's just like the one that's written in the Bible. Can you please read THAT story to me, Ms. Cathy? Narrator - Why, Yes, Lambchop. I'd be happy to! You know sharing the Jesus story from that first Christmas long ago is a VERY important part of getting ready for Christmas. Let's see. Let me get my Bible. (pick up Bible) Here it is in the book of Luke. Can you help me hold it, Lambchop? (read Luke: 8-16) Lambchop - That's it alright, Ms. Cathy. Thank You. (excited) Isn't it just WONDERFUL? The Shepherds ~ The Angel ~ AND the Baby Jesus!!! Narrator - Yes, Lambchop, it IS Wonderful ... AND Best of All, the Baby Jesus! Well, is there anything else you'd like to tell me from your great, great, great, great, GREAT Grandma Matilda's story? Lambchop - Ms. Cathy ~ you know we sheep can't be left alone in the fields at night. Narrator - That's right. Lambchop - So, Grandma Matilda and all the rest of the flock went with the shepherds that first Christmas to find the baby. They walked and walked and walked. Grandma Matilda said she was the youngest in the flock and her little lamb legs got so tired that the shepherd boy had to carry her the last mile. Narrator - Awww, how sweet. Lambchop - Yes ~ (excited) and Ms. Cathy, he laid her down RIGHT in front of the manger! Grandma Matilda said baby Jesus was sleeping. Narrator - Did your Grandma Matilda take a nap too? Lambchop - Oh No, Ms. Cathy. She said she just watched Him sleeping for a long time. And then He woke up ... but He didn't cry. (pause) He looked at her and smiled. Narrator - My Goodness ~ what a special memory, Lambchop. Lambchop - Yes, it was quite an AMAZING night for Grandma Matilda. Narrator - Well you know, Lambchop, that first Christmas long ago was an AMAZING night for the Whole World too! Because when God sent Jesus to earth, He gave us the BEST gift EVER ... just like the angel told the shepherds, "This very day your Savior is born." Lambchop - Yes, Ms. Cathy. No wonder we celebrate ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS! Narrator - HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS! Lambchop - I guess I better finish wrapping those presents, Ms. Cathy. Bye for now ... and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Narrator - (giving Lambchop a hug) MERRY CHRISTMAS LAMBCHOP!!! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! THE END
Scripture Theme "There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, but the angel said to them, 'Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David's town your Savior was born - Christ the Lord! And this is what will prove it to you: you find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.' Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God: 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!' When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us.' So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger." (Luke 2:8-16, Good News Bible).