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HOW CHRISTMAS CHANGED THE GROUCH – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: gift of Christmas
SCRIPTURE: Eph.2:8; James 1:17
Style: satire/conversation: delivered in
. a Dr. Seuss poem-style
. NOTE: you can really have fun with this and
. go all-out Jim Carrey and/or Dr. Seuss
. by exaggerating your actions and delivery
Cast: NARRATOR, GREG, MINDY, TEENAGERS
Set & Props: Christmas tree, decorations, old sofa/chair
(TEENS enter to decorate as NARRATOR stands
to the side and speaks. MINDY is part of this group.
GREG stands off to another side to watch skeptically.)
NARRATOR In a youth group - just down the hall
. and off to the right -
. Down the stairs – then -
. around a corner - and out of sight -
. Was a room full of teens
. decorating with passion
. Trying to disguise their furniture
. of rejected, outdated fashion.
(TEENS step back to admire the tree. Appalled,
GREG shakes his head.)
NARRATOR Not yet adults,
. they did what they could,
. Then proudly stepped back – and –
. THERE they stood.
. Until a young man named Greg –
. rolled his eyes like a grouch!
GREG THAT looks really sad!
NARRATOR He said - as he sank into the salvaged couch.
(NARRATOR says that line RIGHT after GREG says his.
Also, as GREG flops into an old sofa, it would be funny
if the sofa had very little cushion support.
NARRATOR shakes head sadly.)
NARRATOR Most days, Greg the Grouch
. was nasty and loud,
. So a very quiet girl
. stepped out from the crowd.
. Other teenagers liked to call her
. Mindy Boo-Hoo,
. But most certainly not THESE kids
. for they were nice to all - old OR NEW.
(NARRATOR’S last 2 phrases are said in defense of the
group and realizes that they need to get back on topic.)
NARRATOR Anyway! (back into character of storytelling)
. The timid, concerned girl
. became bold and asked,
MINDY What’s up with you?
GREG What’s up with me? I’ll give you a clue-
(GREG struggles to stand back up from the sofa.)
NARRATOR Then GREG rose up with an angry-mad clatter!
GREG Or straight up –
. I’ll just tell you the matter!
. (now standing and “preaching”)
. I do not like Christmas!
. I do not at all, Mindy!
. I do not like Christmas
. when it is still or when it is windy.
. I do not like it I fear,
. even if it IS only once a year.
. I do not like it in a house,
. I do not like it in a zoo,
. I do not like Christmas, Mindy Boo-Hoo.
(ALL TEENS rock backwards on their heels in shock at GREG
calling the girl “Mindy BOO-HOO” – because it’s hurtful.)
ALL TEENS OOOOO!
MINDY (bravely) But what about the gift?
NARRATOR Mindy asked with concern.
(GREG puts up a hand at her.) 3
GREG That is the worst part!
NARRATOR Sneered Greg with a turn.
(GREG turns and paces, to “preach” again.)
GREG Gifts can be lame,
. like socks - or a tie!
. Even the best electronic games
. become passé or die.
. I’m talking about Jesus who came to this earth
. Came as a baby through a virgin birth
. To die for our sins, and rise again
. It’s a gift of salvation offered to all men
(GREG stops to think about this, then concedes.)
GREG Eternal life cannot compare to any other gift,
. that I know!
(TEENS gather around GREG, some with their arms around
his shoulders as they escort him off stage joyfully,
miming an ongoing conversation as NARRATOR continues.)
NARRATOR Then the gift of love that was shared –
. started to grow.
. And this is a truth,
. not just for one season,
. People like Greg the Grouch
. change with very good reason.
. This hope and joy,
. let it be heard in bells ringing.
. Rejoicing hallelujahs
. with everyone singing!
. The celebration of Christmas
. reminds everyone
. of death and resurrection,
. and all that Christ has done.