Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Make a Joyful Noise



I know, I know. I'm not putting in enough effort with today's blog. It's something I saw on someone else's Facebook post. But I've watched it numerous times. I showed it to my two girlfriends who came over for dinner last Saturday night and we laughed til we cried.

So I'm sharing it with you. For me it brings back memories of not only my childhood Christmas pageants, but those of my children too. I've always said that the folks who do children's pageants and children's sermons are either the bravest people on earth or the dumbest. You never, ever know what kids will say or do. I can still remember the little poem I had to recite as part of a group:

We are little candles, spreading rays of light.
Telling all the world that Christ is born tonight.


I posted half that on Facebook and tagged my sister. Without missing a beat, she provided the other half. Amazing what you'll remember decades later, huh?

My older son was in the children's choir at church and on Christmas Eve they'd sing not only religious songs but secular ones too. To this day, thanks to him, when I sing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" I change the lyrics to "... then one froggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say...."

My ex-husband tells about the kid in one of his childhood Christmas pageants who took his shepherd's crook, clasped it in both hands and made machine-gun noises as he pointed it at the manger.

Anyway, I bring you one of the funniest Christmas pageant videos I've seen. And after you finish watching and dry your tears (and maybe your drawers too), tell us about your experience with Christmas pageants.



This little girl certainly gives new meaning to the phrase "Make a joyful noise." And note that the baby Jesus is a real baby who slept through the entire performance. Perhaps they swaddled his/her ears well.

9 comments:

PM's Mother said...

I laughed so much that tears ran down my leg!

linda winstead jones said...

Funny. And sadly, reminds me a little of karaoke in Monteagle. :-) -- LJ

Cheryl C. said...

How funny! She might have a career as an informercial announcer. Loved it!

Cheryl C. said...

infomercial - dang keys! Too early...

Melanie Dickerson said...

Oh, that was awful! Can you imagine how that little girl's mother felt? But hilarious. Thanks for the laugh, Marilyn!

Lynn Raye Harris said...

That was funny! I loved how that other kid kept looking back at her. And then the person who was recording couldn't help but giggle.

Angel said...

OMG! I've never seen that. So funny!!!!

Sadly, I have no childhood Christmas pageant Oops to share. I didn't start going to church regularly until I was 11. My kids did Christmas programs each year, but other than the occassional cryer, waving to Mommy, and/or really loud singer, nothing especially memorable happened. But I always enjoyed going to them!

Smarty Pants said...

I was in a couple. Nothing to write home about. Although I did get a note home after a Christmas pageant in elementary school. Might've been on my report card. Teacher said she wished I didn't look like I was being marched to the gallows through the whole performance. Everyone's a critic. :)

Katherine Bone said...

My mother was always mortified that I would pull up my socks during any kind of school presentation, especially while standing out front, singing during the Thanksgiving pageant.