A Puppet Script for 3 Puppets and a Leader: Stan, a grumpy,
boisterous gorilla puppet; Snake, a happy-go-lucky crocodile puppet;
and Elie, a sweet-natured elephant puppet.
Scenery: A sign saying "All-Friends Zoo", various
Christmas decorations for the stage, such as garland, lights, etc.
Props: A red Santa hat, red heart, 2 small presents. Crocodile
could have a red bow around his neck, elephant could have a Christmas
A relaxing-type Christmas song is playing softly in the background,
like Silent Night. Stan is sitting grumpily on one side of the stage,
mostly silent, making a few sighs now and then. Snake is contentedly
slithering across the stage and playing by himself, peering over
the stage, looking down at the children, disappearing, and then
reappearing, every once in a while gives a wide yawn, displaying
Elie appears, singing happily "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
just like the ones I used to know "
Stan: (waving one hand toward Elie in disgust) What're ya
talkin' about? You've never seen a white Christmas!
Elie: I know, but I still like to dream (dances dreamily
around the stage, humming the same tune)
Snake: (joins in harmony with Elie, but voice overpowers
Elie's voice) "I'm dreaming of a large, red hen, just like the
ones I used to eat "
Elie: (stopping abruptly) Hey! That's not the way the song
Stan: (with a hearty laugh) Ha, ha . (slaps his leg)
That's a good one, yeah!
Elie: (adamantly) You guys don't understand!
Stan: (after a grumpy "Hmph!") What's there to
Elie: We are going to see snow this year!
Stan: I'll believe it when I see it!
Elie: Don't you know, we're not living in the jungle anymore!
It's getting colder out there! Can't you tell?
Stan: (gets real close to Elie's face) No, I don't believe
Snake: (consolingly) It's alright, Elie! It doesn't matter,
really. He'll figure it out when he sees the snow in the zoo parking
Elie: Yea, I suppose you're right! I'm sure glad I know
what Christmas is all about though! And it's NOT snow!
Stan: I know what Christmas is about, too! Here, let me
show you! (disappears for a moment)
Snake & Elie: (look at each other quizzically) Huh? Where's
Stan: (reappears with red Santa hat-says grouchily) Ho,
ho, ho, everybody!
Snake & Elie: (begin to laugh)
Snake: Some people think that's what Christmas is all about!
Elie: But it's not!
Snake: No! Santa's a nice person, and all, but that's NOT
what Christmas is all about! I know, let me show you . . .
Stan: Now where's he goin'?
Elie: Beats me!
Snake: (Reappears with a present for each, gives one to
Elie: Oh, Snake, that's very generous of you-thank you!
Hey, why are you called Snake when you're a crocodile?
Snake: Because I slither see! (slithers around the
Stan: Yes, even I have to say thank you, Snake!
Elie: (gently) But that's still not what Christmas is really
Snake: Well, what then?
Stan: Yea, what do you mean?
Elie: Just a minute, I'll be right back.
Snake: Now what could she possibly
Elie: (returns holding a heart) It's all about love!
Stan: Ah, don't give me any of that sappy stuff!
Snake: Where did you come up with that, you silly elephant!
Elie: My Sunday School teacher told me! It's the story of
how God became like us-in fact, he was born as a little baby to
this couple named Mary & Joseph Hey, you guys want to
Stan: Sounds strange to me how do you know it's true?
Snake: Yea, why should I believe such a story?
Elie: It's in my Bible-and God's Word is true. God had a
wonderful plan to save everyone in the world from their sins, so
He sent His only Son to us to be born. Mary was His mother
Snake: Hey, I think I've heard something about this story-but
I thought God's Son died!
Elie: You're right, Snake. But that was after He grew up.
His name is Jesus. His birth is what we celebrate at Christmas time.
He grew up and became a man. Then He was nailed to a cross. You
see, He died in our place and then He came back to life. He still
lives. So we can still celebrate His birthday today. Hey, would
you guys like to hear the whole story from the Bible?
Snake: Yea, Elie-you've got me interested!
Stan: Well, if Snake is listening, I might as well listen,
Elie: I know someone who would like to share that story
with us! ________ said she'd [he'd] come by today and read the story
from the Bible for us.
Okay, listen carefully! Boys and girls, will you show Stan and Snake
how to be good listeners?
The story: Luke 2:1-20 (light can move over to a cozy spot,
perhaps an arm chair by a Christmas tree, where the reader is seated,
soft music in the background, like "Away in the Manger",
the story is read.)
Elie: Now, guys, that's really what Christmas is about!
Jesus, the Savior of the world, was born! Aren't you glad?
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