A Christmas Play by Angela Simmons and
(in order of appearance):
TREE : thinks he is the main attraction
v STAR: thinks HE is
the main attraction
v ANGEL: sweet, but
v CARD: extremely
v CANDY CANE: grumbly;
not so sweet
v BELL: fast talking,
knows all and tells all
v PRESENT: vain,
v STOCKING: feels
v CANDLE: friendly,
*ALL CHARACTERS ARE
DRESSED TO MATCH THEIR NAMES AND/OR PERSONALITIES.
One: The Living Room
standing proudly at center stage, fluffing out his branches and singing to
O, Christmas Tree! O, Christmas Tree! How lovely are your branches!!…
Star comes in pouting.
One of his points is bent.
Star: What are you so
happy about? All you ever do is stand there!
Tree: Yes, but I have a
very important job! I stand here proudly reminding everyone of the reason for
Star: Which is?
Er…ummm. I forget. Oh, well, what's wrong with you?
Star: I'm really mad at
Angel. She thinks she's so perfect! I told her I was going to sit on your top
branches this year, and she said one of my points is bent and that she is going
to be the main attraction!
Tree: Now wait a minute!
You both know I’m the main attraction!
Star: But without us,
you'd just be a plain old green tree! You need us! Admit it!
Angel (to star): There
you are! I've been looking all over for you!
Star: What's wrong,
Angel? Up in the air about something again?
Angel: Very funny! Thanks
to you I'll be tossed in the trash dumpster this year! What did you do with my
Star: What??!! It wasn't
Angel: Just give it back!
Star: Can't do it.
Angel: What do you mean
you can't do it? Why not?
Star: We-e-e-ll, I sorta'
dropped it, and it….got sucked up in the vacuum cleaner!
Angel: Oh no! My shiny
Star: You'll what? Tickle
me to death with your feathers?
Angel: Ohhh! (runs away
Star (following after
her, taunting): Hey, angel, how many halos does it take to break a vacuum
cleaner? ONE! ha ha ha…
Tree shakes his head
and dusts himself off.
Tree: Now where was I?
Oh, yes, (starts singing) O, Christmas Tree! O, Christmas Tree! How lovely are
Card enters and runs
up to Tree and shakes his hand.
Card: Hello! How are you,
Tree? Isn't it a wonderful day?
Tree: Who made you the
Card: Well, nobody
exactly…it's just that I have this sunny personality, I guess! Did I mention
what a wonderful day it is?
Tree: Only 852 times!
Card: Oh, well, did I
mention that you look extremely lovely today?
Tree: Uh…no. Thanks. I
Card: Isn't it exciting?
Christmas…with the snow…the logs on the fireplace…
Tree: We don't even have
Card: Oh, I know. But if
we did, wouldn't it be great? Life is so good. Life is wonderful!
Candy Cane enters with
a sour look on his face.
Cane: Life Stinks!
Card: Excuse me?
Cane: I said life stinks!
Oh, sure, it's fine if you're a tree or a card- you guys get all the best jobs!
But for us candy canes it's miserable! First they wrap you in this hot
cellophane, then they hang you on a tree near a light so you'll be sure and melt
before Christmas, or they give you to some dirty-faced grubby kid who slobbers
all over you, or if you're one of the really
lucky ones, you get a ribbon tied re-e-e-eal tight around your neck and BAM
you're stuck to a present!
Present enters grandly.
Present: Did someone
Card (runs over to
Present and shakes her hand) What a lovely ensemble! You look radiant! How are
Cane: O brother! Don't
encourage her- she's already wrapped up in herself!
Present: Well, darling,
aren't you sweet? When you look this good, it's hard to be humble.
Cane: Oh, yeah? I bet
you're held together with Big Lots tape!
Present: Perish the
thought! My Scotch brand invisible tape came directly from the mall! My
specialty paper is sold exclusively at the Christmas Store, and, just in case
you were wondering, my bow was handmade with the finest ribbon available to man!
Only the biggest, the brightest, and the best- that's my motto, you know!
Cane: I thought your
motto was 'tacky is as tacky does'.
Present: That was last
week, darling. Get with the program!
Bell (speaks fast): Hello
everyone! Did you hear the latest? Tree was singing to himself again, Star is
mad because his point is broken, Angel lost her halo, the vacuum cleaner is
broken, and Cane feels miserable! Card is still flattering everyone and Present
is flattering herself again…and…
Cane: And Bell is
Bell: Oh, it's not gossip
if it's true, silly! And besides, I'm not saying anything behind your back that
I wouldn't say to your faces!
Tree: Actually, Bell,
repeating what you hear and see IS gossip…
Bell: Oh, don't worry,
Tree- I won't repeat any of it. I only tell it once!
Present: Oh, don't pay
any mind to them, dear. It takes a certain kind of girl to appreciate good news.
Come along, let's take a little stroll and chat for a while…
Bell and Present leave
Card: Well, Cane, isn't
there someplace you need to be? I have to spruce up a bit! It IS Christmas Eve,
Cane: Yeah, I guess I'll
just go jump in a candy bowl somewhere and wait to be broken up or slurped or
Tree (singing again): O
Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!…
Stocking: O, Woe is me! O
Woe is me!…
Tree: Oh, put a sock in
it will ya'?
Stocking: I'm sorry. I
didn't mean to mess up your song. But I'm always messing up everything anyway.
Tree: What do you mean?
How could YOU mess things up?
Stocking: Oh, so now
you're saying I'm not important enough to mess anything up!
Tree: No. That's not what
I meant at all…I just meant…
Stocking: It's ok. I'll
just go over here and hide in the corner and wait for all the celebrating to be
over. I wouldn't want to get in anybody's way or anything.
Stocking goes over to
the corner and slumps down in the floor, looking all dejected.
Tree: Oh, great! How am I
supposed to get ready for the big night if that old empty sock's laying around
here? Well, maybe no one will see him over there in the dark…Ahem… (starts
singing) O, Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!…
Candle: This little light
of mine, I'm gonna let it shine…
Tree: Who are you?
Candle: Oh, don't be
alarmed. It's just me- Candle.
Tree: I've never seen you
around here before.
Candle: No. Every year
the family buys one new thing to add to their Christmas stuff. This year I guess
I get to be the New Kid!
Tree: Just great! Now I
have to explain to somebody else why I'm the main attraction around here!
Candle: Oh, I already
know what's so special about YOU, Tree!
Tree: You do?
Candle: Of course!
Everybody knows what's so special about you!
Tree: They do? um…I
mean…THEY DO! But just to be sure YOU know why I'm special…tell me…
Candle: Because evergreen
trees are green and alive all year round- they represent everlasting life!
Tree: Oh, yeah. I knew
that. But just to refresh my memory, why is everlasting life so important at
Stocking jumps up,
Stocking: I know what my
mom and dad say! They say it's because Jesus, the Giver of eternal life, was
born on Christmas!
Candle: That's right!
Your mom and dad are right! Do you know why YOU are so important, Stocking?
Stocking: I'm not
special. I'm just…empty…
Candle: You're empty for
a reason! You're gonna be filled with treats and toys for the children tonight.
You're going to be the first thing they reach for in the morning!
Stocking: I am?
Candle: Yes! You show
that even the emptiest heart can be filled to the top with Jesus' love!
Stocking: Wow! I never
knew that! I'd better get back to my place! Thanks, Candle! I'll never forget
Stocking runs off
Tree: So, Candle, have
you met the rest of the gang yet?
Candle: No, actually, I
just got here a little while ago.
Tree: Well, let me
introduce you to them. Cane should be in the next room…Cane!
CANE!………That's strange. He was just here a few minutes ago…Maybe Card is
Card: Hello, Tree! Who's
your friend? (Card goes over to Candle and shakes his hand) Very nice to meet
you! I'm Card. I'm the official greeter. My goodness, you are bright and
Candle: Thank you, Card.
It's nice to meet you, too.
Tree: Card, why don't you
round up the others so Candle can meet them?
Card: Ok! (Card yells
loudly, right past Tree's face) Angel! Bell! Cane! Present! Come in here,
Tree (to Card): I
could've done that!
Bell and Present
Present: Oh, heavens,
what IS it! It's not time for the celebration yet is it? Bell and I were just
catching up on the latest goss…er um…news.
Bell: Guess what,
everyone? There's a new kid in town and I hear he's very bright!
Candle goes over to
Bell, who didn't see him at first, and holds out his hand to shake hands.
Candle: Hello. You must
be Bell. I'm Candle, the new kid.
Bell (a little
embarrassed): Oh…hello…I'm sorry, I didn't mean to…
Candle: It's ok, Bell. I
know you have to talk all the time- it's your job!
Bell: It is? I have a
Candle: Yes. Tomorrow
morning people will know it's Christmas because all the church bells will ring
out loud and clear! And all the little bells like you will jingle and jingle!
Tree: If you can hear the
jingle over Bell's yacking!
Candle: Now, Tree. I'm
sure Bell's just excited and doesn't know what to do with all her energy.
Bell: That's right! I
never realized it before, but that's why I always tell everything I know-
But now I'm just going to jingle the good news about Christmas everywhere I go!
Bell shakes the bells
attached to her costume.
Bell: What is Present's
Present: Job?! I don't
have a JOB! I'm merely here to please the eye. I look good. It's what I do! It's
ALL I do!
Candle: Present! I can't
believe you think that's all you're here for! You DO have a job! Your job is to
represent the greatest Gift ever given!
Present: It is?
Candle: Yes! Jesus was
God's gift to the world, and that's why people give gifts to each other at
Christmastime. It's not the pretty paper and bows- it's the love that counts!
Tree: Hey, everybody,
Angel and Star enter.
Star: Yeah, where's CANE?
Never mind about Star! Hey, who's the new kid? Oh, I see how it is! Star's got a
broken point so we need a new light around here, huh?
Angel: At least you've
GOT all your parts!
Star: Still bitter about
the halo thing, Angel? (Star walks over to Candle) So, you think you're
gonna take my place, huh? You and whose army?
Candle: Oh, no, Star! I
could never replace YOU! You stand for the great light that led the wise men to
Jesus! You remind people that wise men and women still seek Jesus!
Star: I do? I mean, I DO!
So…what're YOU here for?
Candle: Well, I'm not
exactly sure. I know God has a purpose for me, but I was hoping someone here
could tell me what it is.
Tree: Maybe Cane would
know. Where is he? I've been a little worried about him lately.
Star: I don't know, but
we saw a kid with something sticky all over his face…
(Loud gasps from all
and lights go down)
TWO: CENTER STAGE IN FRONT OF CLOSED CURTAINS
Spotlight on Angel.
Angel: I can't believe
I've been so selfish. I'm worried about a missing halo and Cane's gone! What
kind of Angel are you if people can't tell you're an angel when your halo's not
on? I wish Cane were here. (Cane walks up slowly behind Angel and hears
all she says from this point on) I'd tell him how he is so important because
he reminds people of the staffs the shepherds carried and because his red
stripes remind people of Jesus' blood that was shed. I'd tell him that he's
shaped like the letter J for Jesus. I'd tell him that I miss him and…
Angel: What? Wh…Who's
Cane: Angel, it's me,
Cane. I found something for you. It's a little bent, but here it is. (Cane puts
a halo on Angel's head and straightens it.)
Angel: Oh, Cane! (She
hugs him) I'm so glad to see you! We've got to tell the others you're ok!
Cane: Do the others miss
me, Angel-- REALLY miss me?
Angel: Yes! Very much!
And there's a new kid… (they exit and lights go off)
THREE: THE LIVING ROOM
Tree, Star, Card,
Present, Bell and Candle are standing around worrying about Cane. Cane and Angel
Angel: Hey, guys, look
who I found! (Everyone is happy to see Cane. They give him hugs and smiles,
Star: Hey, Angel, you got
your halo back!
Angel: Yeah, Cane found
it for me.
Star: I'm glad. You look
much better with your halo. I'm sorry I lost it.
Angel: That's ok. I'm
sorry I made fun of your broken point. Maybe I can fix it a little… (Angel
goes over to Star and straightens his point)
Cane: Boy, things sure
have changed around here since the new kid came! I hardly recognize anyone!
Tree: You know, Cane,
you're right! Candle, I think I know what your job is!
Candle: You do?
Tree: Yep. Your job must
be to lead people to the Truth. You showed each one of us how important we are
to God, and now we're treating each other better, too!
Candle: I think you're
Tree: Well, we'd better
get ready for the celebration. I think I hear the family coming! Places,
everyone! Look alive! (Tree gets strange glances from everyone regarding this
command) …Ok, so don't look alive!!
ALL FREEZE. A family
of four enters.
Dad: Look how nice the
tree looks this year!
Mom: It's perfect!
Girl: I like the new
Boy: Look, Mom! A CANDY
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