Christmas in the Chinese Classroom

       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.

Gabriel tells Mary she will have a child.

 

Joseph takes Mary as his wife at Gabriel's urging.

Joseph takes Mary as his wife at Gabriel’s urging.

Mary to Gabriel:  "I will follow God's wishes."

Mary to Gabriel: “I will follow God’s wishes.”

 

Joseph and Mary, on her donkey, on the way to Bethlehem. Mary:  "When will we arrive?  I'm so tired!"

Joseph and Mary, on the way to Bethlehem. about to enter the city.

Arriving in a crowded Bethlehem, the innkeepers have bad news: "No room here!  Try another place."

The innkeepers have bad news: “No room here! Try another place.”

The third innkeeper: "Well, there is room in my stable.  You can stay there."

In the stable, among the animals, Mary had her baby.  A bright star shone in the sky to show where the baby was born.

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!"

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."

Angels: “Go! Follow the star to see the newborn baby, the son of God.”

Shepherds:  "Yes!  Let us to see this child the angels are talking about."

Shepherds: “Yes! Let’s go see this child the angels are talking about.”

Shepherd 1 to Joseph and Mary:  "Oh!  What a beautiful child!  We will tell others what we have seen."

Shepherds to Joseph and Mary: “Oh! What a beautiful child! We will tell others what we have seen.”

Mary and Joseph await the wisemen.

Mary and Joseph await the wisemen.

"From my country, I bring frankincense."

“From my country, I bring frankincense.”

"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."

Mary: “Thank you, great king! Such a wonderful gift for God’s son.”

"My final gift --  myrrh."

“My final gift — myrrh.”

"And this is the story of Jesus, as first told many years ago."

“And this is the story of Jesus’ birth, as told many years ago.”

And told yet again.

And told yet again. . .

And yet again.

and again  . . .

And again . . . until next year.

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.

About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 18 years as an English language teacher. 13 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 second year in Guangxi Province at the 3-year college, Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. The college is located in smalltown longzhou, 1 hour from the Vietnam border.
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