Christmas plays produced by community playhouses, schools, churches and large theatres are a popular form of entertainment for a holiday pastime. A variety of Christmas skits and acts can be found among almost every program throughout the country that highlight this special season. Productions that exploit the funny side of competitive shoppers who fight over a special holiday gift are a common topic for many short drama clips. Large, full featured secular play such as the story of Scrooge are produced throughout the country for a traditional entertainment feature offered year after year. Then, of course, drama presentations are abundant throughout churches that offer a glimpse into the real meaning of Christmas with live nativity scenes and singing green trees.
Anyone interested in producing a drama surrounding this special holiday season should know that there are many resources available through online sources that offer various types of products. There are full-length Christmas plays that run between 60-90 minutes for those that need full featured production materials. There are also Christmas skits and dramas that suit 7-10 minute slots appropriate for many venues or that can be inserted within a compiled program. Then there are one or two act dramas that suit a moderately timed production length that is required by many school and church productions. Please test your holiday knowledge by clicking the links above.
There is a wide selection of themes and content materials just about any type of production. There are secular Christmas plays that highlight playful or humorous themes of the season as well as warm dramas that depict some aspect of family togetherness. Many productions are fun for office and home parties and are easy to implement. Then of course, there are religious themed presentations that touch the very heart of what this season is truly about. Some of these types of presentations offer traditional re-enactments of the Christmas story. Complete with a live baby who represents baby Jesus, some of these plays are produced with realistic affects.
The time honored theme of the Christmas story is the most popular of all content chosen by most groups or organizations when producing a real-life drama. Even some of the best Christmas skits display the theme of the season even in humorous depictions of modern consumerism in the light of the true seasonal spirit. No matter what the slant that many productions take on the subject of Christmas, the biblical theme of 'peace on earth and good will toward men' is evident within most holiday plays. "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manager...For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:7a,11)
Christmas poems can be purchased from a large inventory of holiday writings offered through many Christian and also secular companies. Many Christmas quotes have been recorded throughout the distant history of this much celebrated holiday that continue to be favorites for young and old. The nostalgic writings of well placed lines within a greeting card can bring a smile to a face or a tear to the eye of the receiver. The time of year when we celebrate Christ's birth is the most popular holiday season that has inspired writers of all genres to create many works that inspire and uplift, revealing the true spirit of the season.
Seasonal writings are generally inspired from the Biblical account of the first Christmas. Many Christmas quotes have been written that provide a human glimpse into the supernatural event that changed the world. The story of the Christ child, Jesus, who entered this world in the form of a babe, has intrigued and inspired many writers of Christmas poems throughout the centuries. Their charming perspectives through their creativity have been a source of encouragement, conviction and worship that always touches the reader. Would you like to try our Christmas quotes quiz?
Special sayings have continued to be a part of our everyday life during the Christmas season and are printed in lines of Christmas cards, books and other products. Christian writers have made it a point to present the Good News in some form within the body of their works whether it is in poetry, Christmas quotes, or printed on the side of a coffee mug! Of course, some quotes are not as reflective or of eternal value, but prove to gladden the heart and raise the spirits during this festive season.
Some of these inspired writings are unknown in origin but continue to make the rounds of each successive generation. Contemporary Christmas poems continue to be written that are a reflection of the cultural awareness of the spiritual significance of this celebration. If a fan of seasonal poetry and would like to pass on some great poems this holiday, one will not have to search very long to find any number of books and cards to express a favorite sentiment. Help spread the message of the Father by giving gifts that provide perspectives about the Son! "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." (Matthew 1:23)
Christmas SongsChristmas songs have long been a part of the most important celebration in the history of mankind. Christmas carols are just part of the mammoth song inventory spanning the course of time that has been written about one, unforgettable Man. Jesus Christ, the Son of God was born of a virgin over 2,000 years ago and entered the world as a human babe. Uplifting songs have been written and sung for centuries that reflect upon the divine nature of God who took human form in order to express His love to us through the ultimate sacrifice.
Many seasonal carols have traditionally been part of the hymnology of Christendom that has reflected the doctrine, emotions and convictions of the Christian faith born and validated through Jesus. God created music, including human expressions of Christmas songs, as a medium to express praise and adoration to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In fact, as believers, we are commanded to speak "to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:19) God inspired a plan of musical expression that would please Him as indicated in this text whether it relates to Christmas carols or any other music.
There are song lyrics based on scriptural language, songs based on doctrinal truths and songs based on spiritual experiences. Many of the older Christmas carols are among the songs written to express great doctrinal truths such as "Joy to the World" and "O Come All Ye Faithful". Many gospel Christmas songs are certainly theologically correct, but they are an expression of a spiritual experience or testimony such as "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day". Then, of course, there are many songs with lyrics that are based partly or solely on Scriptural language such as "How Great Our Joy".
Many Christmas carols are centuries old and never grow tiresome to the Christian. The stirring tunes and powerful messages demonstrated through lyrical writings never cease to move the human heart toward the Savior. Of course, there are many contemporary songs that have developed over the past 50 years or so that continue to carry the message of the Christ child and offer worship to His name through memorable lyrics and melodies. "Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:11,13,14) Check your knowledge with our Christmas quiz at the links above.
The history of Christmas has been associated with many traditions and cultures that date back before the time of Christ. Admittedly, there are many customs and Christmas stories that have influenced our modern day celebration of this holiday that have absolutely nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas. However, when most contemporaries think about the origins of this season, the one reason that outshines all other competing theories, is the biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God! A multitude of stories replete with myths, legends, false theologies and pagan rituals cannot detract from the central figure Who has overshadowed all else to claim the world's attention every year on the 25th of December.
Discovering how many came to celebrate in truth about this season is fascinating. The history of Christmas can be told with many surrounding customs and traditions that have emerged from many cultures around the world. Christmas stories have been told for centuries among local communities world wide that highlight the festival season as they each know it. To the general onlooker, it may appear that it is complicated to wade through the folklore and festival traditions that have influenced Christmas history in order to find Christ in the holiday. Through the years, however, it is not hard to see His imprint on many celebrations, plays, parties and charity offerings in the holiday season. Check out our Christmas Story Quiz.
A good story offered during the holidays that has a focus on Christ will abound to the credit of committed Christians who use their talents to spread the Good News. The simple story of the birth of the God-man, Jesus Christ, continues to be the focal point and message in modern day and will not be squelched by any other story. Christmas stories that revolve around the retelling of the age-old story continue to be written, enacted and discussed among those who believe that "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
We all can enjoy the many homespun stories and modern adaptations of old favorites, but none is more powerful, yet humble, than a retelling of the birth of Christ. No Christmas stories in the modern era have suffered so much criticism or faced elimination from our culture's conscious as that mysterious, glorious story that changed the world forever. This season, remember to fill in the history of Christmas with the word 'Christ' instead of the 'X'! "He (Jesus) shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." (Luke 1:32-33)