Christmas Traditions: Christmas Pageants


I love Christmas – it really is my most favorite time of year! I am always looking for new ways and more ways to decorate our home during the season and getting the tree out is always on top of the list – the sooner it happens the happier I am. I love all the lights, sparkle, and warmth that the season has to offer. When I was growing up, I remember always asking when we could bring the tree upstairs and decorate it hoping that it would be earlier than the last year and yet it always seemed to be at the end of November (at the very earliest) or beginning of December… or maybe that is just how it felt because I was so young and you know how it is… everything takes “forever” when you really want something.


Something else that I really enjoy is watching the same old classic movies, year after year… my husband couldn’t be bothered by it, but he sure does enjoy the Christmas baking that I now do right around the same time. Oh my, I can almost taste them now – gingersnaps, cream cookies, and sugar cookies. It is true that I don’t enjoy being in the kitchen cooking, baking, or cleaning but let’s be honest here – I just must have those cookies and having my boys help me out may just make it easier, even enjoyable, to do. It’s a tradition that I started when they were born. The first one was born just over 12 years ago – my how time does fly by.


But Christmas really is so much more than all that to me. It’s about celebrating my Savior’s birth with my family. It’s now about that time of year when we would be at Sunday School finding out who would play the part of Mary, Joseph, the angels, shepherds, and stable animals. And who would be in the choir. Each week we would practice our part and be asking mom and dad to come (of course they would come… they had to make sure we got to the church Christmas Eve) and our closest family members. What fun! What anticipation! Christmas Eve finally came and much to my delight Mom & Dad would have a new Christmas Dress for my sister and I to wear to such a special event. The evening went well, the Nativity Story was re-enacted, and we would be sent home with a Treat Bag full of candy, chips, pop, peanuts, and a Christmas Orange. But the excitement never seemed to end because my parents would allow us to open a gift before going to bed just to get a head start on what was to be under the tree Christmas Morning. Sometimes I wish I could re-visit those days…


As a young adult, I guess I could say I did re-visit those days by joining my uncle in the Christmas Concert Choir @ Bethany Bible College. It was out of my comfort zone the first year he asked me if I’d be interested but I followed through and joined their choir on two more occasions. What heavenly music filled the Bethany stage just weeks before Christmas…


My Christmas Pageant days really didn’t disappear because after my husband and I had kids we would be back in the scene. In 2016 my sister and I partnered together to put on a “Old-Fashioned Christmas” program in our church – it really was the best production that we pulled together and so many compliments we received, not that we were seeking attention but the fact that we wanted to re-create some of our most cherished memories for a new generation of kids and for the older people in our church who maybe hadn’t been to one of that kind in years. Sharing that piece of history made for a special evening that will not too soon be forgotten. We did a couple more together but now it is nice to sit back and enjoy what someone else works hard to put together; the story stays the same but never gets old.