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BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: the Christmas gift, salvation
SCRIPTURE: Eph.2:8; James 1:17
Style: drama/conversation: teens discuss
. the gift-giving process of Christmas
Cast: PENNY, SIMON, TEENS 1-2
. NOTE: with more actors, you can reassign and/or
. split TEEN lines as it makes sense
Set & Props: chairs, schoolbooks, paper, pen
(SIMON and TEENS sit around “trying” to study,
when PENNY enters a school classroom and looks around.)
SIMON (mocking a teacher’s voice) YOU’RRRRE LATE!
PENNY Sorry! Ah, where’s the teacher?
TEEN 1 Had to step out. We’re supposed to be
. working on the assignment.
SIMON A stupid assignment.
PENNY What is it? What did I miss?
TEEN 1 (casually) Not much, really.
TEEN 2 (saying it hoping kids would ask)
. We’re supposed to write an essay about
. the best CHRISTMAS present we’ve ever got.
SIMON Which I objected to – because it’s based
. on a religious topic and ritual.
PENNY Did you get out of having to do the assignment?
TEEN 1 Teacher quickly switched it to:
. write an essay about the “best present ever.”
. She dropped the whole holiday gift
SIMON Whatever – it’s all the same.
PENNY You mean you guys can’t think of anything 2
. to write about? Seems like a pretty easy
TEEN 2 Totally easy! No contest! Last Christmas –
. I got a car! And not just any car –
. a shiny, red - 2011 - (make the year current)
. convertible classic Corvette!
TEEN 1 Sweet.
TEEN 2 Yeah, it was. I’m just curious how
. my parents are going to top that THIS year.
SIMON You actually expect your parents to top that?
TEEN 2 Of course! ‘Cause that’s how we roll!
. I always get what I want.
TEEN 1 I’m afraid to ask what you want next.
TEEN 2 It just better start with the letter “SEE”ing
. and ending with the letter “EEUUU”rope.
SIMON If I ever dared to hint at such a thing-
. well, I’d be crazy to hint at such a thing.
. Might as well say the planet Mars! My parents
. already think that I’m from another planet.
. Huh! I think THEY’RE from another planet.
TEEN 2 So - your family doesn’t celebrate
. anything at this time of year?
SIMON Celebrate? No! We do traditional things like-
. ARGUE! We argue about how the tree
. should be decorated – then argue about who
. has to take it down. The adults argue about
. who should cut the turkey. The kids argue
. about who should sit at the adult table.
. We pretty much argue about everything.
TEEN 2 So you DO get gifts?
TEEN 2 And?
SIMON They’re okay. We’ll always get the latest 3
. electronic gadget and other stuff like that.
. Mom and Dad make sure they spend a bit of money
. on us so they don’t feel guilty about
. ignoring us for the rest of the year.
(PENNY pulls out some paper and begins to write.)
TEEN 1 At least you get cool gifts. Mine are always-
. practical. It’s hard to act surprised when
. you always get a Tee-shirt and socks. Or-
. (mock surprise) SOAP? How did you ever guess
. I had an issue with wanting to stay clean?
SIMON Well, I’d probably appreciate my gifts
. a lot more if I thought they cared.
(SIMON notices PENNY writing.)
SIMON Looks like someone has something to write about.
TEEN 2 Just curious, Penny, because I know your
. family doesn’t have much – and you get
. permission to come to school late because
. your dad’s in the hospital again.
TEEN 1 (annoyed with TEEN 2 and cuts in)
. Well? What’s YOUR best Christmas gift?
PENNY (looking up) Oh, ah, well, it would be –
TEEN 2 Doesn’t sound like you think it’s that great.
PENNY Oh, it’s the greatest! There’s nothing
. that could ever compare with it.
TEEN 2 So? Do tell!
PENNY The greatest gift I ever got was Jesus-
SIMON You mean that Christmas-baby-thing?
TEEN 1 Do NOT tell my mom about any baby-thing.
. She would FREAK!
TEEN 2 She hates babies?
SIMON After having you, she probably never 4
. wanted another baby ever again?
TEEN 1 No, she WANTS to have another baby.
. She’s baby-crazy!
SIMON Because after having you – she wants to see
. if she can do any better?
TEEN 2 Simon! Stop being a bully!
TEEN 2 (to PENNY) Continue, please. I’m still curious
. to hear how some Christmas baby- could be better
. than a car.
SIMON Well, I must object, here. Now we ARE
. talking about religion and ritual.
PENNY Except that it’s way more than a religion
. or a ritual. And this gift is given with
. love – which goes beyond any kind of love
. we could ever have anywhere else.
TEEN 1 I don’t know... My mom is one of those
. crazy baby-lovers – and STILL thinks of me
. as her baby. And I don’t think there’s any hope
. of that ever changing. Any time I mention
. the “c” word-
TEEN 2 The “C” word?
SIMON (to TEEN 2) NOT as in “SEE”-ing anything.
TEEN 1 No, the “c” word! If I dare say - “college” –
. she BURSTS into tears. I’ve still got
. two more years of this - at home with her -
. clinging to me!
TEEN 2 (to PENNY) Is that what you’re talking about?
PENNY Ah, no. It’s the gift of life – actually.
. Eternal life.
TEEN 2 I’m confused.
PENNY Sorry. I’m way better at writing things out 5
. than explaining something. I’ll try again.
. God loves us so much that He sent His only Son,
. Jesus, to earth – to die for us-
TEEN 1 The baby died?!
PENNY No! The baby grew up. Ugh, the Bible says-
SIMON Whoa! NOW you’ve crossed the line!
. Schools are NOT allowed to teach that
. Christian stuff.
TEEN 1 (to SIMON) Oh, grow up! Penny is not a teacher.
. It’s different for students. We still
. have freedom of speech in this country.
. Everyone has a right. (to PENNY) Continue.
PENNY Well, ah, the Bible - tells us about our-
. well- tells us - so much, really!
TEEN 2 Penny! The amazing gift?
PENNY Yeah, Jesus came to die for our sins,
. so we can have God as our Heavenly Father
. and have eternal life.
TEEN 2 Eternal life? Like, the fountain of youth?
. My mom would LOVE that!
PENNY Kind of. So much comes with that one gift:
. God’s forgiveness, grace, love, purpose,
. strength, peace, joy-
SIMON Joy? Even though your dad’s in the hospital?
PENNY God always provides what us with what we need,
. even when times are tough. ESPECIALLY when
. times are tough. We do not have to be afraid
. or worry about anything.
TEEN 1 So what about this Christmas-baby-stuff, then?
PENNY Christmas is just a time when we CELEBRATE
. God coming to earth for the purpose of
. saving us. One can accept this gift any time.
TEEN 1 Interesting. Still need more info. 6
PENNY The Bible explains everything you need to know.
. And you’re definitely welcome to come
. to our church where we learn more about God,
. and we sing, and encourage each other.
SIMON (glancing at watch) Class over!
TEEN 1 Interesting talk, guys!
TEEN 2 Whatever. I STILL want to go to Europe!
(KIDS all gather up their books and exit, while
SIMON lingers behind in order to talk to
SIMON Hey, ah, can you tell me - where I can get
. one of those Bibles? I just want to
. check it out for myself - maybe.