Two weeks ago, all of my 8 English major classes (1st, 2nd and 3rd years) enjoyed learning about the Christmas story as the first installment took place for our Christmas culture lessons.
As always, the re-enactment brought it all to life. Parts are given by a name draw. In the past, we’ve had both male Marys, not to mention female Josephs, which always makes for a lot of laughter and fun. That especially goes when Mary becomes pregnant with our stuffed Christmas bear baby, hustled under Mary’s shirt after Gabriel announces she’ll be carrying God’s son.
We had no boy Mary’s this year but we did have male angels with tinsel halos and glittery hair bands that added a little extra gaiety to our play.
Everyone is always such a good sport about wearing the simple costumes that I have and getting into their characters. Even the star, a non-speaking part, holds high the star wand with great enthusiasm, mustering up as much brightness as possible.
Here are some highlights of the birth of Jesus, as told by my students in Luzhou. (Note: There will be different actors in the photos to represent the different classes I have. Enjoy!)
Gabriel tells Mary she will have a child.
Joseph takes Mary as his wife at Gabriel’s urging.
Mary to Gabriel: “I will follow God’s wishes.”
Joseph and Mary, on the way to Bethlehem. about to enter the city.
The innkeepers have bad news: “No room here! Try another place.”
In the stable, among the animals, Mary had her baby. A bright star shone in the sky to show where the baby was born.
Shepherd 1, watching his flock: “Am I dreaming? I hear singing.” Shepherd 2: “Help! There are strange people in the sky!”
Angels: “Go! Follow the star to see the newborn baby, the son of God.”
Shepherds: “Yes! Let’s go see this child the angels are talking about.”
Shepherds to Joseph and Mary: “Oh! What a beautiful child! We will tell others what we have seen.”
Mary and Joseph await the wisemen.
“From my country, I bring frankincense.”
“And from my country, I bring gold.”
Mary: “Thank you, great king! Such a wonderful gift for God’s son.”
“My final gift — myrrh.”
“And this is the story of Jesus’ birth, as told many years ago.”
And told yet again. . .
and again . . .
and again. . . until next year!
Blessings for a bright and happy Christmas season. From Luzhou, here’s wishing you Ping An (peace) until the next entry.
I have been in the Asia region for 30 years as an English language teacher. 28 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my 13th year in Luzhou Vocational and Technical College. The college is located in Luzhou city (loo-joe), Sichuan Province, a metropolis of 5 million people located next to the Yangtze River .