The Church Christmas Program
This painting is an illustration from my book The Old Shepherd Song. It reflects Jesus life from Bethlehem to servant-shepherd to the cross. For over 50 years the Osceola School held an annual Christmas Program. The program was the complete story of Jesus birth. It is still hosted annually, but is directed by community members and churches.
My husband, who had been the music teacher there directed the play for a number of those years. He wrote this song to be sung during the program. It is the story of an old shepherd who, when he was young, had seen the heavenly angels, the lowly manger and the baby Christ child. Now as an old man he is sharing his testimony of holding the baby Jesus hand.
What a story that would be to share. We can only imagine what that must have been like to see baby Jesus the night of His birth.
Many of us have fond memories of being in the church Chistmas program. We had a wonderful group of adults in our church. They always made sure we had a Christmas program. We had lines or verses to memorize. Sometimes the adults had parts too. There was always a nativity scene. Some of the kids liked the main part of Mary and Joseph. Others were too embarrased to play the part of a husband or wife.
Costumes flew everywhere and usually there were lots of directors giving orders to enter, exit or prompt us with our lines. Some actors were loud and bold, others you couldn’t hear. I don’t think it really mattered. The audience loved watching the funny actions of the little actors.
Behind the scenes the kids were giggling, frantically memorizing lines and expressing there anxiety of being the next on stage. It was quite the hustle and bustle.
Of course you never knew what would happen at the live performance. I remember one occasion when our youngest group had stepped onto the stage. The director prompted them to speak their line loudly so the audience could hear. One of the little boys in his loudest and clearest voice said, “They better listen. It’s gonna be a good one.” The audience burst into laughter and loved that line.