Funny School Nativity Play - No Room At the Inn
Let us start with a brief reminder of the Christmas story where Mary and Joseph are staying at the inn at Bethlehem, and then we will move on to modern parables about Christmas.
A Reminder of the Nativity Story from the Gospel of St Luke
So Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
No Room At The Inn - A True Story About the Spirit of Christmas
Married couples with the correct names are invited to a nights stay free of charge at any Travelodge hotel from Christmas eve to twelfth night 2008. Naturally, those couples who apply for the 'no room at the inn' offer must be married, register online and produce proof of their names.
Will and Guy heard that Travelodge operations director, Jason Cotta, said, 'The phrase "no room at the inn" is something that resonates with us in the hotel business. Therefore this year we have decided to evoke the true spirit of Christmas and invite Mary and Joseph couples as our guests.'
Never act with Children or animals (some schools use real donkeys!). School plays can be a bitter sweet experience, and occasionally a source of unexpected mirth.
Place: The St Martins school nativity play
Joseph: Do you have any room at the inn?
Did you hear about the Worcester First School's nativity play?
The two main child actors are dressed up as Joseph and Mary. They cross the stage on their way to the inn at Bethlehem.
Meanwhile back of stage, a boy in a shepherd's costume is on his mobile phone, calling the inn to make a reservation.
For the Christmas nativity play the Virgin Mary will be forced to wear a riding helmet during a nativity play to comply with health and safety. The girl picked for the part of Mary in the play, will have don a riding hat in order to ride through Neath on the back of a donkey. It was the owner of the donkey who insisted that Mary, wear the hat to comply with his insurance policy.
Rebecca and Benjamin, a young couple, were touring the Holy Land over the Christmas holiday period and decided it would be very meaningful to them to spend Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus.
When they arrived they searched high and low all day for a room for that night. Finally Rebecca and Benjamin drove to the plush and rather expensive 'Intercontinental Hotel' in Bethlehem.
'I'll pop in and see what I can do,' said Benjamin feigning confidence for his, now exhausted, young wife.
Benjamin approached the desk and the receptionist told him there were no rooms in the hotel and probably no rooms in the whole of Bethlehem. 'Sorry, sir. It's Christmas Eve, it's probably our busiest time.'
No matter how much Benjamin offered to pay, the receptionist still replied that said he had no available rooms.
Finally, Benjamin said, 'I bet if I told you my name was Joseph, that the woman waiting in the car was called Mary, and that she had a newborn infant, you'd find us a room for the night.'
'Er....well,' stammered the receptionist, 'I.....I suppose, in that case, I would.'
'OK, then,' said Benjamin determinedly. 'I guarantee you, they're not coming tonight, so we'll take their room.'
Funny Chav Nativity Play
There's this gal called Mary, yeah? She's a virgin (wossat then?)
She's not hitched or anyffink, but she's got this dude name of Joe. He does joinery and stuff. Mary lives with him in a crib dahn Nazereth.
One day Mary meets this bloke called Gabriel. She's like 'Oo ya lookin at?' Gabriel just goes 'You got one up the duff, you have.' Mary's totally gobsmacked. She gives it to him large 'Stop dissin' me yeah? I ain't no slapper. I never bin wiv no one!'
So Mary goes and sees her cousin Liz, who's six months gone herself. Liz is largin' it. She's filled with spirits, Barcardi Breezers an' that.
She's like 'Orright, Mary, I can feel me bay-bee in me tummy and I reckon I'm well blessed. Think of all the extra benefits an' that we are gonna get.' Mary goes 'Yeah, s'pose you're right'
Mary an' Joe ain't got no money so they have to ponse a donkey, an' go dahn Bethlehem on that. They get to this pub an' Mary wants to stop, yeah? To have her bay-bee an' that.
But there ain't no room at the inn, innit? So Mary an' Joe break an' enter into this garridge, only it's filled wiv animals. Cahs an' sheep an' that. Then these three geezers turn up, looking proper bling, wiv crowns on their 'eads. They're like 'Respect, bay-bee Jesus', an' say they're wise men from the East End.
Joe goes: 'If you're so wise, wotchoo doin' wiv this Frankenstein an' myrrh? Why dincha just bring gold, Adidas and Burberry?' It's all about to kick off when Gabriel turns up again an' sez he's got another message from this Lord geezer.
He's like 'The police is comin an' they're killin all the bay-bees. You better nash off to Egypt.' Joe goes 'You must be monged if you think I'm goin' dahn Egypt on a minging donkey'
Gabriel sez 'Suit yerself, pal. But it's your look out if you stay.' So they go dahn Egypt till they've stopped killin the first-born an' it's safe an' that.
Then Joe and Mary and Jesus go back to Nazaref, an' Jesus turns water into Stella.
Grandpa decided that shopping for Christmas presents had become too difficult. All his grandchildren had everything they needed, so he decided to send them each a cheque (check).
On each card he wrote:
'Happy Christmas Grandpa'
P.S. 'Buy your own present!'
While Grandpa enjoyed the family festivities, he thought that his grandchildren were just slightly distant. It preyed on his mind into the New Year. Then one day he was sorting out his study and under a pile of magazines, he found a little pile of cheques for his grandchildren. He had completely forgotten to put them in with the Christmas cards.
History of the Christmas Advent Calendar
From the point of view of the Christian faith, Advent starts 4 Sundays before Christmas. Advent also marks the start of the nativity play season. It was probably the German Protestants or Lutherans who invented the idea of Advent Calendar as running from December 1 - 25.
As a child, Gerhard Lang's mother had made him a basic advent calendar so that he could count down the days until Christmas. She placed 24 sweets onto a piece of cardboard and each day the young Gerhard would take and eat a sweet. When he grew up Gerhard Lang made the first printed advent calendar in 1908.
Later, in 1946, we see Richard Sellmer producing almanacs in Germany. The US authorities had to grant him a license in the now post war Germany which led to his advent calendars becoming known and indeed very popular in the USA.
Sellmer's first advent calendar was called 'The Little Town'. The calendar had pictures of many buildings in the town and you would open the windows and the doors to find nice things underneath for each day of advent. Although these are not funny advent calendars, they are interesting, in particular Sellmer produced a very popular lamp shade advent calendar that would fit any lamp and would revolve under heat with 24 windows to open. These calendars can still be purchased from the Sellmer organisation today.
By the end of the 1950s, chocolate advent calendars had appeared, and by the following decade they had become widespread. People still make or buy advent calendars nowadays, with hundreds of different varieties appearing across the globe. A Carols' Calendar was created with a carol for each day of advent. In 1954 they produced the 'White House calendar' with the scenery of the White House in Washington. They then produced many varieties of pull out advent calendars.
Today, the most typical advent calendar is printed on cardboard with twenty four small doors. These calendars have many themes from religious ones with Mary and Joseph travelling to the stable, nativity scenes, church scenes, Bethlehem, winter wonderland and many more. A Santa stocking advent calendar offers a different idea. The stocking has a picture of a Christmas tree on it and you hang an ornament on the tree on each day of Advent.
Celebrating advent with an advent calendar is an ideal way to prepare for Christmas especially with children. See more Advent calendars »
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