Bob Dunning’s column about the play my Sunday school students wrote for Christmas 2000 at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis has brought back fond memories of little children who are now college graduates. It is a tradition at LCI for the older Sunday school students and their teachers to write an original Christmas play to perform for the congregation each year. “If Jesus Had Been Born in Davis in 1956″ was an especially rewarding experience for me and my students that year.
The girls in my class in the fall of 2000 were fascinated by the fashions of the 1950s … poodle skirts, old cars and music. It wasn’t too difficult to imagine Joseph and Mary as teenage sweethearts who somehow got the terrifying news that Mary was pregnant, even though they had never done anything to cause a pregnancy.
We decided Mary had to live in Sacramento; she and Joe met while involved with church activities, and when Mary’s parents found out she was pregnant they disowned her. The baby was born in the auto repair garage where Joe worked part-time. Instead of shepherds, the angels appeared to the auto mechanics to announce the good news of Jesus’ birth.
I have photos of the play in a Sunday school scrapbook. It’s hard to believe these children are already adults.
I am now teaching the youngest Sunday school kids, 3 to 5 years old. My own granddaughters are in my class, and if they were writing the Christmas story now, all the “Sesame Street” characters would be included in the story. Jesus is alive and well in Davis in 2012.
And the tradition of writing original Christmas plays continues at LCI. My granddaughters were angels in the play this year, and that is the best Christmas gift I could ever wish for. Thanks to Bob Dunning for reviving this lovely memory.