"Sampson's First Christmas" is a charming play that's perfect for a holiday children's program in small congregations. The story details the attempts of Sampson Squirrel to discover Christmas. After overhearing a conversation between the rustic characters of Ma and Pa, Sampson asks his forest friends where to find this wonderful place. When they are unable to help, Ma and Pa show Sampson the true meaning of Christmas.
This adaptable piece can accommodate any number of actors, and can be presented as a play, a puppet show, or a readers' theater. The characters, plot, and message appeal to all ages, with dialogue that's easy for youngsters to learn and memorize. Costumes are affordable and easy to assemble -- and clear and concise directions with reproducible patterns are provided to help you make distinctive animal hats that children will love. Instructions are also included for creating simple Christmas tree decorations that accentuate the animal theme. With all these craft ideas plus production suggestions, "Sampson's First Christmas" is bound to be a hit with your church
Carlene Morton is a former librarian and public school media specialist. A graduate of Wingate University, Elon University, and North Carolina Central University, Morton is an active member of Hawfields Presbyterian Church in Mebane, North Carolina.