Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The

Barbara Robinson
Hey! Unto you a child is born!The Herdmans are absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie and steal and smoke cigars (even the girls). They talk dirty, hit little kids, cuss their teachers, set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken-down toolhouse, and take the name of the Lord in vain. So no one is prepared when the Herdmans invade church one Sunday-and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant.None of them has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation -- the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating-- has a lot of people up in arms. But the actual pageant is full of surprises for everyone, starting with the Herdmans themselves.


Reviewed: 2021-04-08

The Herdmans are the town's worst kids in the history of the world. They fight, steal, smoke cigars, swear, play with fire, and bully all the other children around them. No one is prepared for them to come to church, yet alone take over the annual Christmas pageant! But the Herdmans have never even heard of the Christmas Story - their interpretation of it is filled with questions and responses some have never even thought of before. All of this will make for an interesting pageant... maybe the best one yet!

I was given this book by a coworker for Christmas this year. I thought it would be fitting for me to read it on Christmas Eve morning before I headed to my parents. This was adorable and it even got me thinking too.

I grew up in church, for the most part, so of course, I always knew the story of Christmas. The way the kids just accepted how they did the Christmas pageant reminded me of all the ones I did as a kid. Pretty much the same thing every year, but the parts were passed around a bit more. To have someone come in who didn’t know the story at all would have turned some heads there too.

“ ...I couldn’t understand the Herdmans. You would have thought the Christmas story came right out of the F.B.I. Files, they got so involved in it - wanted a bloody end to Herod, worried about Mary having her baby in a Barnum and called out the Wise Men a bunch of dirty spies.
And they left the first rehearsal arguing about whether Joseph should have set fire to the inn, or just chased the innkeeper into the next county.”

The Herdmans, though incredibly vicious kids, were still kids, and they still had innocence to them (in a strange, crazy way). How they ended up “changing” the Christmas Pageant was definitely for the better.

What a cute story to read at this time!

Reviewed: 2020-03-25
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