With this international Christmas pageant, you’ll have an opportunity to use the natural excitement of this time of year and the beauty of Scripture.
by Kate Daneluk
Each class will focus on learning about one country through Advent to prepare for this pageant. Music teachers will need to do some research to learn the music or choose comparable international songs.
Pageant actors pantomime the parts as the Scripture passages are read by one or more narrators.
Each group recites or reads the Scripture verse, presents a short explanation about the country’s Christmas traditions, provides a translation of the lyrics of their song, prepares and sings the appropriate carol, and even dresses in traditional costumes. Students only need to learn one or two verses of each song and can repeat them to stretch the performance. No one will notice!
Add to the event by creating a large, simplified world map to be displayed at one side of the stage. As each class comes up to perform their song, a colorful cutout of the country can be added to the map.
Each class can decorate an artificial tree or a paper cutout tree on the wall to represent their country.
“The LORD has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations; All the ends of the earth can see the salvation of our God” (Isaiah 52:10). The Nativity of the Lord as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke.
Read Luke 1:26-38.
“Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other!” (Isaiah 45:22).
Cameroon – “He Came Down” (easy for younger students)
Reads Matthew 1:18-24
“Sing to the LORD, all the earth, announce his salvation, day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds” (1 Chronicles 16:23-24).
Peru – “Señor San Jose”
Reads Luke 2:1-5
“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD; All the families of nations will bow low before him. For kingship belongs to the LORD, the ruler over the nations” (Psalm 22:28-29).
Ukraine – “Boh Predvicnyj Narodilsja” (first two verses)
Reads Luke 2:6-7
“May his name be forever; as long as the sun, may his name endure. May the tribes of the earth give blessings with his name; may all the nations regard him as favored” (Psalm 72:17).
Germany – “Stille Nacht”
Reads Luke 2:8-12
“All you peoples, clap your hands; shout to God with joyful cries. For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, the great king over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2-3).
Greece – “Csordapásztorok”
Reads Luke 2:13-14
“As the earth brings forth its shoots, and a garden makes its seeds spring up, so will the Lord GOD make justice spring up, and praise before all the nations” (Isaiah 61:11).
Norway – “Jeg Er Sa Glad”
Reads Luke 2:15-20
“Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken” (Isaiah 40:5).
Italy – “Gesù Bambino”
Reads Matthew 2:1-12
“Praise the LORD, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!”
Philippines – “Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit” (easy for younger students)
(Either the teachers or the entire student body)
“Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty. Just and true are your ways, O king of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, or glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15:3-4)
Mexico – “Feliz Navidad”
Kate Daneluk is a former Catholic School Teacher, early childhood music teacher, creator of the Making Music Praying Twice music curriculum, and a homeschooling mother of six.