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.