The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

It is easy to get caught up in Christmas routines and festivities and forget there are people who really don’t know what Christmas is about. It’s feasible to think in present day society, a kid can get through school and watch Christmas specials and sit on Santa’s lap and still not know the Christmas story. In The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the six Herdman children are perfect examples of those who just don’t know. They are also the least liked kids in the neighborhood. Deservedly so as they are a bad bunch – poor, dirty, not too smart, cigar smoking bully kids who start coming to Sunday school for the refreshments. They browbeat themselves into the starring roles of the annual church Christmas pageant and it would seem the production is headed for disaster. But once these kids hear the truth right from the Gospel they are changed, and it results in the Best Christmas pageant ever. From the book: “And this was the funny thing about it all. For years, I’d thought about the wonder of Christmas, and the mystery of Jesus’ birth, and never really understood it. But now, because of the Herdmans, it didn’t seem so mysterious after all.” There was some crude talk from and about the Herdman children, but nothing I found offensive, and it could easily be glossed over if reading aloud. This funny, moving, and humble telling of what Christmas is all about is a must read! We loved it.

“Hey! Unto you a child is born!”

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