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					The Christmas Family Tree – A Children’s Musical by Kathie Hill
                                                (Songs Only)
Performed by First Colony Church of Christ Children’s Ministry Department – December 2009

Characters:       Abbie Adams (Katie Hyde) – Next Door Neighbor, Age 12           Speaking & Minimal Solo

                  Aaron Adams (Ren Polvado) – Next Door Neighbor, Age 10                   Speaking Parts

       The Christmas Family Mrs. Christmas (Keri St. Clair) Mother, in mid 40s             Speaking & Solos

                               Merry Christmas (Coryn Givens)            Daughter, age 10-12 Speaking & Solos

                               Holly (Chloe)& Jolly (Eliz. O) & Molly (Eliz. A) Triplets   Speaking & Solos

                               Happy Christmas (Tyler Ondrusek) Older Brother              Speaking & Solos

                               Mr. Christmas (Cole Billingsley)          Father, in mid 40s       Speaking only

Bible Readers           Cameron Crowder and Jameson Fulford                       Joshua @ Jericho (Nathan B)

The Cousins             All Choir Members – Dressed in Musical T-shirt & Outdoor Clothes

Soloist Cousins         Joy (Alexys); Will (Mason); Don (Corey); Bell (#1) (Ashlyn & MC En2);

                        Noel (Jacob & ORDC2); Harold (Nathan B); Gloria (Olivia & WH2);

                        Bell (#2) (Kayden & MC En2); Star (#1) (Dancing Solo); Gaye (Alyssa); Carol #1 (Mya)

                        Carol (#2) (Raven); Ken (Brenden & ORDC3); Hannah (Hannah – Jer2);

                        Madelyn (Madelyn MC1, Jer1); Carol (#3) Sarah

Speaking Cousins: Alexys, Brenden, Nathan, Jessie (Joy Ens), Camille (MC2 Solo), Alyssa, Nichole (MC Ens1),
       Jordan, Raven, Ella (WH1), Corey, T a (MC Ens1), Emma (WH1), Jacob, Emily (MC1), Sarah,
Alexandra

Dancers: Ashlyn, Kayden, Camille?, Mikayla, Elizabeth Frazier (Joy Ens), Alyssa, Olivia, Jordan, Raven, Ella,
      Mandy, Emma, Tia, Sarah, Peyton

5 Prop Guys: Daniel Billingsley, Braedon Crowder, Mason Fink, Marco Garza, Trevor Johnson

Children (age 3-6) can be used @ Away in the Manager as “little cousins.” Will be done @ Bible Classes.

Background: An outdoor scene with a Large, Lighted, Decorated Christmas Tree in the front yard of the
Christmas’s House. Top of the Tree should be an angel or star. Ornaments can be handmade by children.
Risers for the choir. Will be on Right and Left of Tree to accommodate the large number of choir members.

Props: Tall (safe) Step Ladder for putting ornaments on the tree, Lg Tree Ornaments: Abraham, Rahab,
Ruth, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, David, Josiah, and Mary & Joseph, Ornaments for all Christmas Cousins listed in
the Cast of Characters, A Large Wicker Laundry Basket, with a pillow and blanket inside, A realistic looking
baby doll, A large Family Bible, A Dog on a leash (Colton?), Five Large Lawn Ornament sized Ornaments
for Scene 5 – Carried out by Cousins (Possibly reuse PVC & Cans from Cactus from Joseph???)



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Merry Christmas Song #1
Choir:         Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! We hear it, we say it!

               Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! What is it?

               It’s a way; it’s a greeting that we use to share the special news: That Jesus’ birthday is here.

Madelyn:       It only takes a moment to say these special words

               Instead of “Hey,” or “Hi,” or “How are you?”

Emily, Nichole, T a:   But in that special moment, the name of Christ is heard,

               Bringing joy to everyone you’re talking to.

Choir:         Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! We hear it, we say it!

               Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! What is it?

               It’s a way; it’s a greeting that we use to share the special news: That Jesus’ birthday is here.

Camille:               We’re always in a hurry at this time of year,

               With people rushing past us in a blur.

Ashlyn & Kayden:       But if a “Merry Christmas,” each one of them would hear,

               You’d get miles of smiles and even words of cheer.

Choir:         Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! We hear it, we say it!

               Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! What is it?

               It’s a way, it’s a greeting that we us to share the special news: That Jesus’ birthday is here.

Abbie/Aaron: (spoken) We’re ready, Merry.

Merry:         (spoken) Alright!

Choir:         Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! We hear it, we say it!

               Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! What is it?

               It’s a way; it’s a greeting that we use to share the special news: That Jesus’ birthday is here.


               Merry Christmas! (Shouted by Choir & Mrs. C) Merry Christmas!

               Merry Christmas! (Shouted by Choir & Mrs. C) Merry Christmas!

               Jesus’ birthday is here. (Shouted by Mrs. C only) Merry Christmas!




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The Christmas Family Tree Medley -- Song #2 Track #2 7:10
Choir:           Gather ‘round the tree, the Christmas family tree.

                 Where love abounds and joyous sounds fill the winter air

                 As we welcome all those here to the Christmas family tree.

                 Gather ‘round the tree, the Christmas family tree.

                 Where love abounds and joyous sounds fill the winter air

                 As we welcome all those here to the Christmas family tree.

Mrs. C:          (spoken) Let’s see. We’ll start with Merry, whom you’ve already met, & my nephew,
                 Ken.

Merry:           We wish you a Merry Christmas! We wish you a Merry Christmas!

                 We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Ken:             Good tidings we bring to you and your Ken.

                 We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

                 Good tidings we bring to you and your Ken.

                 We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mrs. C:          (spoken) Of course, you need to hear from the triplets and some of the cousins.

Holly, Jolly, Molly:      Deck the halls with boughs of Holly, (choir joins in) fa, la, la, la, la.., la, la, la, la.

                 ‘Tis the season to be Jolly, (choir joins in) fa, la, la, la, la.., la, la, la, la.

Don, Gaye, Carol:         Don we now our Gaye apparel, (choir joins in) fa, la, la, la, la.., la, la, la, la,

                          Troll the ancient Yuletide Carol, (choir joins in) fa, la, la, la, la.., la, la, la, la.

Mrs. C:          (spoken) Abbie, I’d like you to meet another one of the nephews.

Cousins:         Hark! The …

Harold:          Harold

Cousins:         … angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.”

Abbie:           (spoken) Hi, Harold, and this is

Mrs. C:          (spoken) my niece.

Joy:             How great our Joy! Joy, Joy, Joy!

Eliz Frazier & Jessie:    Praise to the Lord in heav’n on high. Praise to the Lord in heav’n on high.

Choir:           Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o’er the plains;

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                 And the mountains in reply, Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria:          Glo     ri      a,

Mrs. C:          (spoken-chuckling) Gloria is the best singer in the whole family.

Gloria:          Glo     ri      a in excelsis De o!

Noel:            (spoken) Hi! I’m (singing) Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

                 Born is the King of Israel.

Mrs. C:          (spoken) You know, Abbie, we have so many cousins,

                 Some of them even have the same names. For example:

                 (Singing) I heard the Bells (2 girls waving) of Christmas day,

                 Their old familiar Carols (2 girls waving) play,

                 And wild and sweet the words repeat,

                 Of peace on earth, good Will (a boy jumps up/out from risers) to men.

                 Peace on earth, good Will (same boy again!) to men.

Mrs. C:          (spoken) But this cousin is the most flamboyant!

          (Star dances during the next 8 measures in 6/8 time while choir sings!)

Emily, Nichole, T a:     Star of wonder, Star of night, Star with royal beauty bright,

                 Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light.

Mrs. C:          Come on everybody; gather ‘round the tree. Abbie, Merry, Holly, and Jolly over here.

                 And, of course, all the Christmas cousins.

Choir:           Gather ‘round the tree, the Christmas family tree.

                 Where love abounds and joyous sounds fill the winter air

                 As we welcome all those here to the Christmas family tree.

                 To the Christmas family tree.




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F –A – I – T – H Song #3 Track #3 5:32
Happy:            I never understood what faith was all about.

           How you can believe in a thing you can’t see.

           Then someone came along and spelled the whole thing out

           And now I know what faith means.

Happy& Merry:     F – A – I – T – H is how the word is spelled and each letter stands for a word of
its own.

           Now that we have learned this definition well, we’ll show you how the word goes.

Choir:     (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him. (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him.

           For all I need the Father will provide.

           (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him. (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him.

           That’s the way my faith can be described.

Happy:            There’s nothing you can name, the Father can’t provide,

           For things here on earth and for eternal life.

           There’s nothing I can do, His love for me to earn so that is why I have learned.

Choir:     (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him. (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him.

           For all I need the Father will provide.

           (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him. (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him.

           That’s the way my faith can be described.

Happy& Merry:     Let this definition be your heart’s condition and by faith, we’ll see Him
someday!

Choir:     (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him. (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him.

           For all I need the Father will provide.

           (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him. (Spoken) Faith! (Singing) For all I trust Him.

           That’s the way my faith can be described.

           F – A – I – T – H! For all I trust Him. (Spoken) Faith!




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The Battle of Jericho Revisited Song #4                          Track #4 5:19

Choir (Chorus):     Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho.

             Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and the walls came a tumblin’ down.

             Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho.

             Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and the walls came a tumblin’ down.

Madelyn:     Rahab was a woman. No solider man was she.

             But a braver gal would not be found, and this is why that’d be.

Hannah       :      Rahab hid God’s spies, yes, both of Joshua’s men.

             From a long red rope those men escaped and then they came back again.

Choir:       And    CHORUS

Madelyn:     Up to the walls of Jericho, He marched with spear in hand.

             “Go blow those ram horns,” Joshua cried, “Cause the battle is in my hands.”

Hannah:      Those ram horns they began to blow, the trumpets began to sound.

             Joshua said, “You children shout,” and the walls came a tumblin’ down.

Choir:       And    CHORUS

Madelyn:     You can talk about your men of Gideon. You can talk about your men of Saul.

             But there is no man like Joshua at the battle of Jericho.

Hannah:      Now Joshua was a hero, but Joshua wasn’t all.

             ‘Cause without that brave gal Rahab he’d still be behind those walls.

Choir:       CHORUS

Madelyn:     Rahab hid old Joshua’s men; she put her life out on a limb.

             She let God’s messenger come in and the walls came tumblin’ down, down, down.




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True to You            Song #5       Track #5 4:10

Choir:      Where you go, I’ll go. Where you live, I’ll live, too.

            For your God is my God, that’s how I’ll be true to you.

            Where you go, I’ll go. Where you live, I’ll live, too.

            For your God is my God, that’s how I’ll be true to you.

            True to my brothers and sisters in Christ. True to my family and friends.

            True, just like Ruth, through all of my life on me you can depend.

            Where you go, I’ll go. Where you live, I’ll live, too.

            For your God is my God, that’s how I’ll be true to you.

            True to the Bible and true to God’s church. True to His Spirit in me.

            True to whatever He calls me to do, to follow willingly.

Group #1:   Where you go,                Group #2 echo:                 Where you go,

Group #1:   I’ll go.                     Group #2 echo:                 I’ll go.

Group #1:   Where you live,              Group #2 echo:                 Where you live,

Group #1:   I’ll live, too.       Group #2 echo:               I’ll live, too.

Group #1:   For your God          Group #2 echo:               For your God

Group #1:   is my God,            Group #2 echo:               is my God,

All:        that’s how I’ll be true to you. That’s how I’ll be true to you (12 beats).




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Once in Royal David’s City Song #6 Track #6 4:11Dancers Song
w/ Scarves
Happy:              Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed.

            Where a mother laid her Baby, in a manger for His bed.

            Mary was that mother mild Jesus Christ, her little Child.

Group #1:   In David’s city                       Group #2:    Of David’s line

Group #1:   was born a Savior           Group #2:       for all mankind.

Group #1:   In David’s city                       Group #2:    Of David’s line

Group #1:   was born a Savior           Group #2: named Jesus Christ

Noel:       He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all.

            And His shelter was a stable and His cradle was a stall.

            With the poor and mean and lowly, lived on earth, our Savior holy.

Group #1:   In David’s city                       Group #2:    Of David’s line

Group #1:   was born a Savior           Group #2:       for all mankind.

Group #1:   In David’s city                       Group #2:    Of David’s line

Group #1:   was born a Savior           Group #2: named Jesus Christ

Ken:        Once in royal David’s city, small, but known, because of David’s fame.

            As was told by prophets through the ages, to this town the Lord of heaven came.

            Like a leaf from a long dead tree, Jesus Christ brought life to me.

Group #1:   In David’s city                       Group #2:    Of David’s line

Group #1:   was born a Savior           Group #2:       for all mankind.

Group #1:   In David’s city                       Group #2:    Of David’s line

Group #1:   was born a Savior           Group #2: named Jesus Christ

Ken, Noel, Happy:         Once in royal David’s city.

Noel & Happy:             Once in royal David’s city.

Happy:              Once in royal David’s city.




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Wholly His Song #7 Track #7 5:11
Ella & Emma: When he was eight they placed a crown on Josiah’s head.

            And he did right in God’s eyes just as the Bible says.

            With all his heart unto the Lord, he prayed though still just a boy.

Choir:      I wanna be wholly, wholly, wholly His.

            I want Him to own me and show me what to do.

            ‘Cause when I am wholly, wholly, wholly His.

            His holiness will shine right through.

Gloria:     He was the wisest king, even when he was small.

            He built the house of God and tore down the idols all.

            And when the Book of law was found, he read to all those around.

Choir:      I wanna be wholly, wholly, wholly His.

            I want Him to own me and show me what to do.

            ‘Cause when I am wholly, wholly, wholly His.

            His holiness will shine right through.

Joy:        The people turned their hearts away from their evil deeds.

            And like their king they sought the Lord for their wants and needs.

            If you are young or seek the Lord, I recommend the king’s words.

Choir:      I wanna be wholly, wholly, wholly His.

            I want Him to own me and show me what to do.

            ‘Cause when I am wholly, wholly, wholly His.

            His holiness will shine right through.

            His holiness will shine right through.




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Away in a Manger Song #8                               Track #8 4:29 (Enter Pre-schoolers to stand on
stairs of stage.)

Choir:         Away in a manger, no crib for a bed; the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head;

               The stars in the sky looked down where He lay; the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

               The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes; but little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;

               I love Thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky; and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Mr. C:         (spoken during music) All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the
prophet;              “the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him
Immanuel”             which means, “God with us.”

Choir:         Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay; close by me forever, and love me I pray;

               Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, and fit us for heaven to live with You there.




Everyone, Everywhere Come Song #9                                         Track #9 3:54

Choir:         Everyone, everywhere come. No matter what you have done.

               His arms are wide open to welcome you. Everyone, everywhere come.

               No skin is too dark nor too fair for Him, no nation will be turned away.

               No past is too painful for Him to heal, so come to Christ today.

               Everyone, everywhere come. No matter what you have done.

               His arms are wide open to welcome you. Everyone, everywhere come.

               Through ages He’s waited for one and all to walk through the doorway of faith.

               He longs to adopt you for none can come by any other way.

               Everyone, everywhere come. No matter what you have done.

               His arms are wide open to welcome you. Everyone, everywhere come.

Abbie:         Oh! For the wonderful love He has promised, Promised for you and for me.

               Though we have sinned He has mercy and pardon,           Pardon for you and for me.

Choir:         Come home, come home,           Ye who are weary come home;

               His arms are wide open to welcome you, everyone, everywhere come.

               Everyone, everywhere come. No matter what you have done.

               His arms are wide open to welcome you. Everyone, everywhere come.


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The Christmas Family Tree Reprise Song #10 Track #10 :51
Choir:       Gather ‘round the tree, the Christmas family tree.

             Where love abounds and joyous sounds fill the winter air

             As we welcome all those here to the Christmas family tree.

             Gather ‘round the tree, the Christmas family tree.

             Where love abounds and joyous sounds fill the winter air

             As we welcome all those here to the Christmas family tree.

             To the Christmas family tree.

Instrumental reprise of “Merry Christmas” Curtain Call/Bows
Cast should take bows during the instrumental reprise of “Merry Christmas” in this order: Dancers
with Dancing Solo, Speaking Cousins, Singing Cousins, Bible Readers, Mr. C, Holly, Jolly, and Molly,
Happy, Merry, Mrs. C with baby, then Abbie and Aaron.

All cast should sing on the last chorus, waving at the spoken ending… then take a final bow!




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