Yesterday afternoon was the final performance of Girl Scout Troop 120's "The Best Place to Celebrate Christmas: A Musical tour of Christmas Around the World," story by Eleanor Miller. Two of our neighbors were performing in it.
There are teen angels, little angels and littlest angels plus a teacher (the scout leader) in the first part all in 'angel school'. The angels-in-training's mission is to find the best place to celebrate Christmas.
As the angels check out the books in their library, they find many places celebrating Christmas, including Italy and Sweden, where we find Lucia (artfully portrayed by our neighbor and fellow Super Bus Driver.)
The angels search and search and search.
Finally, there is one book left in the library, the Bible, which teaches us where Christmas was first celebrated, in a manger, because there was no room at the inn (nor could the adult Innkeeper remember his one line and his expletive sent a twitter through the audience...)
We celebrate Christmas, the stories teach us, where it is best and universal, in our hearts.
The girls did a fine job and earned their theater badges.
My shepherd's crook and two of my stuffed sheep even became props. For this, they get to be by the Christmas tree for; once in the Nativity play, one earns the right to celebrate Christmas with the whole family rather than being relegated to normal decorating spots upstairs!