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The beginning (and end) of srah's illustrious directing career
When I was a senior in high school, I directed the church's Christmas pageant. This was not because of any interest in religion or religious displays or any love for the church, since all of this had been waning for years.
I volunteered to direct the Christmas pageant because I was tired of years without Christmas pageants and of years with strange, new updated versions of the Christmas pageant. I remembered Christmas pageants when I was young - the same script, the same songs and the same parts year after year. It was tradition and you always knew what to expect. You knew that you could work your way from Sheep to Angel to Mary or from Sheep to Shepherd to Wise Man (no one wanted to be Joseph, because he had to hang around with a girl). You knew the songs already because you had sung them the year before and because they were traditional Christmas carols. I can still, over twelve years after my last pageant, remember most of the dialogue to the play.
I was sad that kids no longer got to do this, so when I heard that there was no one to direct, I volunteered. I revived the old Christmas pageant with the original dialogue and songs. I enlisted my whole family, my friend Becky and the church organist to help direct, make costumes and practice songs. The kids had to be retrained in the songs and dialogue, since we hadn't used this script or these songs in years. In the end, we pulled off something adorable and nice. Best of all, I got to share my Christmas experience with a new generation of children.
Christmas Eve is my favorite holiday. It's the one day of the year that I will go to church of my own will. Like the Christmas pageant, Christmas Eve has never had anything to do with religion for me, but is about the pageantry and singing and candles and happiness. To me, Christmas Eve is all about tradition.
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