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CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: true meaning
Style: fantasy/conversation: time-travel allows a client
. to sample different Christmas experiences
Cast: TRAVEL AGENT, CLIENT, COUCH POTATO (CP),
. GIRL, MOM, CHRISTIAN
Set & Props: desk, brochure, calculator, 2 chairs,
. remote control , potato chips, clipboard, Bible
(CLIENT approaches desk and gets TRAVEL AGENT’s attention.)
AGENT Hello, welcome to Holiday Travels.
. Let me start by telling that we have
. a special on right now, which includes
. our top three Christmas Holiday packages.
(AGENT gives CLIENT a brochure to study.)
CLIENT Hmmmm, they all look quite interesting...
. Which one to choose? I – just - don't - know.
AGENT Tell you what, at no cost you can sample them
. right here – through our holographic technology.
. What is your MAIN goal for this vacation?
CLIENT Well, I guess to - get away from it all,
. with no pressures, no obligations –
AGENT That would be the Humbug Surfing Trip.
. One moment and I’ll punch that in for you.
(AGENT punches a few buttons on a calculator.
To one side, COUCH POTATO enters and sits down.)
CP Hey! Here for the Humbug Surfing Trip, dude?
. Take a load off.
(CLIENT nods. CP motions to the other chair.)
CLIENT Yeah, thanks. I mean - cool.
(CLIENT sits back awkwardly for a few seconds, 2
then finally speaks.)
CLIENT So - what exactly do we do during this
. Christmas vacation?
CP Nothing. Just sit back, kick back, and relax.
. Just chill, and be really real, man.
CLIENT Sounds good. So - ahhh – I just need to know
. what to expect. Any – special gift exchange?
CP Naw, way too much work, dude! Not just
. the shopping, but - trying to figure out
. what gift everyone digs - is like –
. totally tedious.
CLIENT I hear ya. Any special meal, or anything?
(CP pulls out a bag of potato chips and tilts the bag
CLIENT (sarcastically) Wow. Thanks. Okay.
. So, when do we surf?
CP Right on! Gnarly! We can get to that
(CLIENT starts to get up, but CP pulls out a remote control
and starts punching buttons.)
CP Is there anything on TV you prefer?
. I can surf through the sports channels,
. or check out which movies are playing.
CLIENT Wait-wait, is that it? –
. What kind of holiday is that?!
(CP leaves as CLIENT gets up and approaches the AGENT.)
AGENT You said you wanted to get away from everything –
CLIENT Not to THAT extreme. A bit of tradition
. is nice. You know, it IS Christmas!
AGENT Perhaps the Winter Wonderland Package
. would be more to your liking.
(AGENT punches a few buttons on her machine. GIRL appears.)
GIRL Hiiiii! (squeeling excitedly)
. Welcome to Winter Wonderland. I’m so super-glad
. you're here. What did you GET me?!
CLIENT What - I - didn’t get you anything.
GIRL Then, like, I’m wondering what you ARE
. going to get me.
CLIENT I don’t think I’m –
GIRL Well, I want a dolly-dolop-giggle-goo,
. and a Fanny-fairy-forestland, and a –
. (continues listing things as MOM enters)
MOM There you are! Quick-quick,
. get yourself ready to go.
. (noticing CLIENT) Oh, are you here for
. the Winter Wonderland Package?
. We really don’t have time to bother with
. the usual name exchange formalities and such.
. (whips out and reads from a clipboard)
. In ten minutes we leave to take in
. The Nutcracker Suite, then a Christmas party
. at the Hilton’s banquet hall. Tomorrow
. will be a flurry of last minute shopping.
. I’ll get you a list of names
. with their preferred gift items.
. After a quick lunch we will enjoy:
. skiing, a snowman building contest,
. followed by hot cocoa at the lodge - caroling –
. the Christmas tree decorating expose –
. gingerbread house construction - sleigh ride –
CLIENT Those are things we can choose from?
MOM No-no, not to worry. We’ll get that ALLLLL in.
CLIENT Who will all be there?
MOM That’s the beauty, you’ll be so busy you
. won’t have time or energy to even care.
. And it’ll cost you soooo much money you’ll make
. SURE to have fun! Bustle-bustle-bustle!
(MOM rushes out. Reeling, CLIENT returns to the AGENT.)
CLIENT The first trip was totally – nothing.
. This was just – a blur. And it’s ALL –
. shallow and selfish! Isn’t there anything deeper?
. Maybe I’m looking for something with –
AGENT Meaning? I’m on it. Why don’t you try out
. the Homecoming Experience...
(AGENT punches a few buttons on the machine.
CHRISTIAN enters carrying a Bible.)
CHRISTIAN Hello, I’m _______... (insert name)
CLIENT Oh... I’m _______. (insert name)
CHRISTIAN Would you like to join us? We’re getting ready
. for a big family meal.
CLIENT Smells so good. Eating is always good.
CHRISTIAN But first, we are going to read from the Bible.
CLIENT Oh, okay, I see, we're going to learn
. that it’s better to give than to receive?
CHRISTIAN We actually like to focus on everything
. that’s been GIVEN to us –
CLIENT Ahhhh, so getting IS better? The TRUTH comes out.
CHRISTIAN It does. God’s truth.
CLIENT (confused now) Wait – what are we talking about?
. Is this about that baby-in-a-manger-stuff?
. I mean, what can we get from some baby
. born in a barn years ago?
CHRISTIAN That baby – wasn’t just any baby. He was God.
. It’s not so much about Jesus as a baby,
. as it is about WHY Jesus came to earth
. in the first place.
CLIENT So there’s meaning behind His birth?
CHRISTIAN 1 John 4:9-10 says, “By this the love of God 5
. was manifested in us, that God has
. sent His only begotten Son into the world
. so that we might live through Him.
. In this is love, not that we loved God,
. but that He loved us and sent His Son
. to be the propitiation for our sins.”
. When we ask Jesus to forgive our sins,
. we can be reborn, and then live through Him.
. We can have eternal life.
CLIENT So you celebrate Jesus’ birth, because
. of YOUR rebirth, because of something
. He did and does, which equals eternal life?
CHRISTIAN Yeees. That's one way of putting it.
CLIENT Hold on. I’ll be right back.
. (steps over to the AGENT)
. I want to know more about this.
. How much is this Homecoming Experience?
AGENT This one is free, it can start right now,
. and depending on you, it can last forever.
CLIENT Awesome! Thanks! (exits with CHRISTIAN)
AGENT Another satisfied customer.