Apr 2, 2011

The Christmas Story: (B 383)


Produced in 1948, these are scenes from The Christmas Story (B 383).


Packet cover




The angel appears to Mary


From the 16-page booklet:

          A long time ago, before there was such a holiday as Christmas, there lived in ancient Galilee, in a tiny town called Nazareth, a young woman named Mary.

          One day, as she fed the doves in the courtyard, the angel Gabriel descended from heaven and spoke to her in this manner, “Hail, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women.”

          Mary trembled and knew not what to make of these strange words, so the angel said, “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God.  Behold, thou shalt bring forth a son.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of God, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

          “Let it be so,” replied Mary joyously.  “I am the handmaiden of the Lord.”



The emperor’s decree


From the 16-page booklet:

          In these times, Judea, land of Mary and Joseph, resounded to the marching of Roman Legions.

          Any wish of the mighty emperor, Caesar Augustus, was a command that reached the smallest mountain village.  And, so it was, that a herald arrived in Nazareth and read the emperor’s decree that all must register for the census of the world.



The newborn king lies in the manger


From the 16-page booklet:

          The only resting place that Joseph could find in all of Bethlehem, was a humble stable.  There among the tethered animals, Mary brought forth her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, then gently placed him in a manger.

          A few miles distant towered the magnificent palace fortress of Herod the Great.  This king – by permission of the Roman emperor – slept in state, covered with the finest linens, while the King of Kings, the baby Jesus, that first Christmas Eve, slept on straw in a crude wooden manger.



The star guides them


From the 16-page booklet:

         The Wise Men set out on the road to Bethlehem, not knowing whether to trust Herod’s directions or not.  But, lo and behold!  When night fell, the Christmas star appeared in the sky to guide their path.  As they entered Bethlehem, that star seemed to shine upon a certain humble dwelling.  The Wise Men dismounted from their camels, and, trembling with hope and wonder, went in.

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