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No Rehearsal Pageant??? What's That?

The Nativity Tableau and Christmas Pageant has been a tradition at First UU San Diego at the Hillcrest Campus for many years. For many families this has been an important part of the holiday season and, as Mac has told me, "It wouldn't be Christmas without it!"

Even so, we all know that this time of year is B.U.S.Y! The thought of having to add one more set of rehearsals to the family schedule, keep track of one more set of costumes, and add one more thing to our to-do list doesn't exactly add jolly and merry to our hearts.

How, then, do we honor and recreate a tradition in a way that meets the needs of overly-stressed families but is still meaningful and well put-together?


I'll wait a second while you give me the sigh--either of relief or of "good luck with that" (or both).

Now that you're back--here's how this re-imagined rendition of our holiday tradition works:

Whoever shows up for the Christmas Eve Family Vesper service at 5:30pm on Christmas Eve gets to be in the pageant and play whichever part they want. It's kind of that simple.

Want more details?

The entire service will be dedicated to telling the Christmas story together. We will have a handful of narrators and costumers on hand who will be guiding us through the story. As we get to a part of the story that needs people in costume anyone who wants to be that role will be invited to go over to our costumers and get their costume on. The congregation will sing a carol as they get dressed. The narrator will tell the story and the newly costumed characters will join the nativity scene. Repeat until the entire story is told.

This may seem risky but it's actually quite the opposite. The focus is on creating the story together not making sure each part is exact. If 18 people want to be Mary, we have 18 Marys. If 9 people want to be angels, we have 9 angels. If 23 people want to be wise, we have 23 wise people. . .you get the idea.

Together we will create a moving, fun, and all-ages story and worship experience. We will even be introducing our electronic tapers so that we can do a candlelit Silent Night! 

Families and individuals of all ages, shapes, and sizes are invited. Please join us to create this experience! 

 Wednesday, Dec. 24th at 5:30pm 

No rehearsal doesn't mean no-prep! If you are interested in helping set up the nativity, working with the costumes or being a narrator please e-mail Melissa, Director of Children and Family Ministry.


1 comment (Add your own)

1. Stacey wrote:
Sounds great!

Fri, December 12, 2014 @ 8:44 AM

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