By Sheila Hamil, adapted from a famous children's story entitled "Jesus Christmas Party" by Nicholas Allen.
All the innkeeper wants is a good night's sleep - but he's not going to get it.
Mary & Joseph
NARR:-Not everyone enjoys Christmas! For some …to lie in bed and pull the covers over their heads, is the more ideal way to spend Christmas Day. And if they should hear a knock at their door , they would rather pretend to be asleep, in the hope that their visitors would just go away. For them the ideal Christmas means no noise, no fuss, no anything, just peace, and shutting out the world completely. Such a person was the innkeeper! There was nothing he liked better than a good night's sleep.
INNK: Ad Lib (puts on nightdress, night cap; picks up silly hot water bottle and glass for teeth, proceeds to pulpit.
Narr:-But on this particular night, there was a knock at the door ( Mary and Joseph)
INNK: Yes what do you both want eh?…….. Can't you read N.O. V.A.C.A.N.C.I.E.S. No Vacancies!……She's poorly eh? ….All right go 'ROUND THE BACK' there's a stable there, you can rest in there.. here's two blankets…. Er just a minute sign the register. ….(reads out slowly)..Mary.. and …Joseph. Never mind, thank you, just leave me in peace. ( goes back to bed grumbling, hot water bottle , teeth into glass etc.,)
NARR:- Later there was another knock at the door. (Joseph)
INNK:- Yes….. certainly, that's just what I WANT to start looking for at this time of night….. (rummages around) here you are. One small blanket, one kettle, you'll find a socket next to the manger……. (shouts) YES YOU CAN USE THE MANGER IF YOU WANT) (grumbles all the way upstairs)
NARR:- So he shut the door, climbed the stairs, got into bed, but his head had hardly touched the pillow, when lots of bright lights woke him up. It was a heavenly host praising God. Would you all join with the angels and sing their song with them?
(Angels enter and sing
DING DONG MERRILY ON HIGH
IN HEAVEN THE BELLS ARE RINGING,
DING DONG VERILY THE SKY,
IS RIV'N WITH ANGELS SINGING
GLOR---------------------------------------------IA, HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST(repeat)
INNK:-KEEP THE NOISE DOWN, FOR GOODNESS SAKE. What on earth is going on? That's all I need.
NARR:- a few minutes later there was another knock at the door.
INNK:- I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS! What's the matter, have you lost your sheep? …. ROUND THE BACK!
NARR:-Then he shut the door, climbed the stairs and went back to sleep, but I'm afraid there was another knock at his door!
INNK:- (weeps) GO AWAY! ( gets up grumbling) …. Pleased to meet your majesties, (sarcastically) ROUND THE BACK!
NARR:- This time he slammed the door, climbed the stairs, got into bed, and
went to sleep. But then a chorus of singing woke him up again. Won't you please
join in again with their celebrations as loudly as you can.
CHRIST BY HIGHEST HEAVEN ADORED
CHRIST THE EVERLASTING LORD
LATE IN TIME, BEHOLD HIM COME,
OFFSPRING OF A VIRGIN'S WOMB,
VEILED IN FLESH THE GOFHEAD SEE
HAIL THE INCARNATE DEITY
PLEASED AS MAN WITH US TO DWELL
JESUS OUR EMMANUEL
HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING
GLORY TO THE NEW BORN KING
INNK: (yells) RIGHT, THAT DOES IT!
NARR:- So he got out of bed, stomped down the stairs, threw open the door, went round the back, stormed into the stable, and was just about to speak, when everyone whispered,
ALL:- SSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHH! YOU'LL WAKE THE BABY!
INNK:- What baby?
NARR:- …said the innkeeper. "A baby has been born this night, " said the angels.
INNK:- Oh indeed? (angrily)
NARR:- Just at that moment, suddenly, amazingly, his anger seemed to fly away.
INNK:- oh………. Isn't he lovely?
NARR:- In fact he thought the baby was so special, he woke up all the guests at the inn, so that they could come and have a look at the baby too. So no-one got much sleep that night.
INNK goes into the congregation and invites some people to come to see the baby, while everyone sings hymn : SILENT NIGHT
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