Advent Play

ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS?

A Short Play

A group of people stand around talking quietly to each other.

 

Person 1 asks person 2

‘Are you ready for Christmas?’ 

Person 2 looks very smug and replies,

‘Yes, I have bought all my presents.’

Person 1 walks away shaking their head muttering,

‘Yes, but are you really ready?’

Person 2 looks very surprised.

 

Person 1 asks person 3

‘Are you ready for Christmas?’ 

Person 3 looks very smug and replies,

‘Yes, I have bought all my presents and I have wrapped them all up.’

Person 1 walks away shaking their head muttering,

‘Yes, but are you really ready?’

Person 3 looks very surprised.

 

Person 1 asks person 4

‘Are you ready for Christmas?’ 

Person 4 looks very smug and replies,

‘Yes, I have put up the tree.’

Person 1 walks away shaking their head muttering,

‘Yes, but are you really ready?’

Person 4 looks very surprised.

 

Person 1 asks person 5

‘Are you ready for Christmas?’ 

Person 5 looks very smug and replies,

‘Yes, I have put up the tree and put on the lights and decorations.’

Person 1 walks away shaking their head muttering,

‘Yes, but are you really ready?’

Person 5 looks very surprised.

 

This can be continued with as many people as you have in the group.  Think of all the things that we think are important about getting ready for Christmas, such as buying food and drink and presents, the turkey, writing cards… the list is endless.

Finally, when Person 1 has asked each individual if they are ready, everyone stands in a semicircle in the order that they have answered the questions, facing the congregation.

Person 1 asks again, ’Are you really ready for Christmas?’ 

Going around the semicircle each person repeats what they have done to get ready using a voice that indicates that they are not amused at being asked again.  They have made the effort to get ready, and clearly they are pleased with themselves for being prepared well in advance.

 

Person 1 then turns to the congregation and asks,

‘Do you think they are ready for Christmas?’

The group standing behind person 1 all nod their heads - they think they are ready.

Person 1 then asks the congregation, 

‘Do you think they are really ready for Christmas?’

‘Do you think they are ready to welcome Christ into their hearts and homes?’

‘Is Christmas about presents and turkeys and trees? Or is it about the Son of God coming amongst us and showing us a new way?

‘So are we ready for Christmas?’ 

 

All may sing ‘ARE YOU PREPARED FOR CHRISTMAS DAY?’ to Tallis’s Canon

Are you prepared for Christmas Day

when Heaven’s Child comes here to stay?

Sing out, clap hands, shout hip hooray!

The Prince of Peace is on his way.

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