Christmas Program Oops!

There are dozens of stories of things that have gone wrong in Christmas programs; I’ve been teased for a long time about the night I was reading my own narration of the story of George Albright and said “snowing throwballs” instead of “throwing snowballs”.

My favorite of all time, though, was reading (maybe in Reader’s Digest) about a Sunday School class dressed up and lined up in the hallway ready to go in onto the church platform for their portion of the Sunday School program. Assigned members of the class held construction paper cut-out stars with bright letters in glitter spelling B-E-T-H-L-E-H-E-M S-T-A-R. The teacher cordially made sure everyone was lined up properly and when they received their cue said with a smile “Okay, class, let’s do our best.” The children with their letters turned and followed each other onto the platform in an orderly manner. “How nice!” But when she looked up, having taken her place in the front row to lead them, her heart sank. There in front of her, with a church full of people snickering and chuckling behind her, she saw

B-E-T-H-L-E-H-E-M R-A-T-S


One Reply to “Christmas Program Oops!”

  1. expreacherman

    Phil,

    Tongue tied times are too traumatic to rule out.

    I performed the marriage ceremony for my son Kym and his Bride Jan two days before Christmas 28 years ago.

    It was in her home church — with the Pastor hovering over me and my every word. Everything went well until the end of the ceremony when I was to introduce the newly wedded couple, Kym and Jan…

    I introduced them to our families (my own son) as Jim and Can…

    They have never lived it down — in fact Kym kiddingly says maybe they aren’t really married after these 28 years..

    Memorable moments.

    ExP(Jack).

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