Poinsettia Play. A Christmas Story From Mexico. Based on a Mexican legend explaining the miracle of the Poinsettia. It can be used as an assembly using 7 children, or it can be used within the classroom as a guided reading script.
Poinsettia Play’s message: Love is the greatest gift of all.
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Poinsettia Play Sample text:
Pepita: I know! I can see now I had nothing to feel lowly about. But I would still so like to have something to give Him!
Pedro: So, what’s stopping you?
Pepita: But I have no money!
(Pedro points to the wild flowers growing at the side of the road)
Pedro: Since when did they cost anything?
(Pepita scoops up a handful of weeds and arranges them into a bouquet)
Pepita: You’re right! A present fit for a king!
Pedro: Indeed. So, now can we relax and enjoy our Christmas Eve together?
Pepita: You bet! I can’t wait to lay my bouquet at the altar! How proud I am going to feel!
Pedro: That’s the happiest you’ve sounded all day! Good for you, Pepita! And don’t forget my other words to you, when we get there!
Pepita: (Joyfully) I won’t! Thank you so much, dear coz!
Narrator: So the two cousins continued their walk, and it wasn’t long before they came to their church. Once inside they were joined by some other children with their gifts.
Child 1: Just look at the fancy bows, on my present. Must have taken my mum hours to put this lot together.
Child 2: Same with mine. This red ribbon must have cost a fortune!
Child 3: My mum always buys the finest ribbon in town.
(Holds up present and peers at it quizzically)
Course, I have absolutely no idea what is on the inside!
Child 1: As if that matters!
Child 2: Just as long as it looks good!
(Enter kindly old priest, who bustles up to waiting children)
Priest: Happy Christmas to you, children! How nice to see you!
(Child 1 barges forward, in front of Pepita and Pedro, and holds out his gift to the priest)
Child 1: Here, father. This is for you!
Priest: Er, don’t you mean it is for the baby Jesus? Don’t you want to give it to him?
Child 1: Well, yes. But my mum’s waiting for me – got a good place for us at the front! So if you don’t mind ….
(Child 1 tries to give gift to priest, but the priest refuses)
Priest: Well, actually, I do mind!
(Shaking head) Hmmm. I can see how much thought went into this gift!
(Child 1 sulkily joins Child 2 and 3 as Pepita rushes forward)
Pepita: (Excitedly) Oh father! Look what I have brought the baby Jesus!
(Child 2 and 3 fall about laughing as Pepita holds up her bouquet of weeds)
Child 2: You can’t be serious!
Child 3: What is that?
Child 2: A bunch of old weeds, by the look of it!
(Pedro takes Pepita’s arm, reassuringly)
Pedro: (To Pepita) You remember what I said?
Pepita: I do! And I am proud to present my gift! Father – may I take it to the baby Jesus now?