Hey! Unto you a child is born!
In The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, you meet the Herdmans: six scraggly, unchurched “welfare kids,” who lie, 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 tool house, 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.
NOTE: This book includes some sensitive content as the Herdman family is rather loose with their language about smoking, drinking, etc. Despite a few sentences that you may want to skip in your reading, we feel this book is worthy of being read. The Herdman children’s lives are changed by their introduction to the Christmas story through a church pageant. We are reminded of the wonder in that story through their innocent eyes, sparking new appreciation in our hearts of the miracle of Christmas.