Four Christmas Recitations


Ever since Luke the Evangelist told the Christmas story, many years ago, the Christmas season has brought out the best in literary composition.  Writers from Clement Moore to Charles Dickens to Theodore Geisel have told of the characters, the tales, and the traditions that have gone into the making of our greatest holiday.  Their characters, Dickens’s Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchitt, and Tiny Tim, Moore’s Saint Nick, and Geisel’s Grinch have all passed into Christmas legend, to be brought out each Christmas to tell their stories all over again.  

In this program, we’ll take a look at four great compositions.  Clement Moore’s “Night Before Christmas” helped to shape our ideas of what Santa Claus looked like, and how he got those toys to the girls and boys, Charles Dickens’s “Christmas Carol” showed the Scrooges among us the joy of giving, and Theodore Geisel (as Dr. Suess) taught us that Christmas spirit isn’t all about getting presents.  Luke, of course, tells the story of the best Christmas gift of all.

And so, to help provoke the warm feelings and happy holiday smiles that our families and friends deserve from us, allow me to recite for you, with all of the excitement, pathos, suspense, and spirit I can muster, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, “The Cratchitt’s Christmas”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, and “The Second Chapter of Luke:  The Birth of Jesus.”

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