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In the year 2000, I was asked to write a nativity play for the children of our church in Nicosia, Cyprus. There was a main narrator who read in between the acting parts, and children who narrated in rhyme. I've only shared the poetry part of the play. If you want the full copy, soup mail me. Hope you enjoy it. :) You can read it on Christmas Eve. This is my present to you all...with love.

The Story of the Nativity in Rhyme

The night was cold, the journey long
The stars were shining bright,
As Joseph and Mary neared Bethlehem
On that wondrous night

The small town lights guided them
The rest of the weary way,
Joseph pondered in his heart
If they’d find a place to stay

Mary, weary from the road,
Needed to rest a while
Thoughts of baby soon to come,
Bought to her face a smile

Donkey plodded on and on,
His head was hanging low
Wherever his master led him
He would gladly go

Though travelers searched everywhere,
No room could be found
Bethlehem was a busy place
With strange sights and sounds

Joseph came to the last inn,
And prayed he’d find a place
He didn’t like the tired look
He saw on Mary’s face

The innkeeper shook his head,
And nearly closed the door,
There just wasn’t any place
To take one traveler more

On a nearby silent hill, shepherds
Kept watch all night long
When suddenly they came to hear
A glorious angel song

Then they all fell to the ground
As angles hovered near
They hid their faces for their hearts,
Were filled with awful fear

So that night in manger poor,
They welcomed the new King
Little knowing as they bowed,
The hope and joy He’d bring

And then much to Mary’s surprise
There came from distant land,
Three wise men to see her son,
Each with a gift in hand

At his tiny feet were laid
Myrrh, frankincense and gold
The manger was filled on that night
With peace and joy untold

What can YOU give to show your love
To the King of Kings tonight?
What do you think will bring Him joy
And bring to Him delight?

Does Jesus want a precious gift,
Of beauty and wealth untold?
Do you think it’ll make Him glad 
To receive your gift of gold?

There IS something that is dear,
For the greatest gift, you see
Is when with love you say to Him
"Jesus, Take all of me"

Christmas Nativity Play
Written by Eileen Manassian Ghali
Nicosia, Cyprus

Please check out my latest blog. I also have links to two lovely songs that will bring your heart joy during this season. God bless! :)
Year: 2,000

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 11/10/2017 11:01:00 AM
Well done! Thank you for your poem. I can tell the subject matter is important to you. Will share this with the children I work with. Will contact you to see the entire play. God bless! -kc
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Date: 12/23/2014 5:04:00 PM
Eileen . Thankyou for this gift.. Love you sweet lady x
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Date: 12/23/2014 8:07:00 AM
truly beautifully painted piece eileen excellent pen dear pal
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Date: 12/22/2014 2:02:00 PM
- A beautiful poem, dear Eileen! - I wish you and your family a beautiful and peaceful Christmas - Enjoy and relax with all you love - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 12/22/2014 2:05:00 PM
Wishing you every blessing, Sunshine! :) God bless!
Date: 12/22/2014 1:36:00 PM
A divine nativity poem that touches the heart and uplifts the soul, dear Eileen! The world should be told the story again and again till all hearts are filled with His love! Excellent poem and a seven for the Christmas spirit and beauty!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 12/22/2014 1:40:00 PM
Thank you, my dear poet. Hope all is well with you...I've been so busy. I lead out in an assembly for the student body today. It was a lovely Christmas program and all enjoyed and appreciated it. My father and step-mom arrive tonight, and I'm busy getting ready for that. Good to relax and read some poetry tonight. Love to you on this special day. Hugs
Date: 12/22/2014 1:35:00 PM
Absolutely love your take Eileen...hugs Tim
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Tim Smith
Date: 12/22/2014 1:41:00 PM
It is a tough month for me to spend a lot of time here with work, Christmas, and many birthdays
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 12/22/2014 1:38:00 PM
:) Thanks, my friend. Glad you could stop by.
Date: 12/21/2014 6:00:00 PM
oh so beautiful Eileen - happy Christmas my friend:-) hugs jan xxx
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 12/22/2014 12:49:00 PM
Thanks, my sweet. Wishing you every blessing. Hugs
Date: 12/21/2014 12:32:00 PM
Merry Christmas, Eileen. What a gift and now please the rest.. I humbly request you soul mail me. You are such a gifted lady. You are full of love for God, people, and life!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 12/22/2014 12:50:00 PM
:) Thank you for this lovely message, LM. The rest I will have to type up. I have a hard copy...Perhaps I could scan it if you are interested. I wish you every blessing, Dave. Thank you for your visit.
Date: 12/21/2014 9:35:00 AM
What a special gift. I am off to play badminton so I will check out your blog later. Have a great day Eileen!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 12/22/2014 1:29:00 PM
:) Thanks, Richard. Saw the pic. Glad you had a great time. You're looking good, there.
Date: 12/21/2014 3:44:00 AM
So beautiful,I love this, well done Eileen; merry Christmas...huggs
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 12/22/2014 1:30:00 PM
Thank you for the warm wishes. :) Sending you hugs...
Date: 12/21/2014 3:16:00 AM
Very beautiful pen Eileen! Enjoyed!:) Love and Light! Wish you a very Merry Chritsmas and your family! :) xxxxx D.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 12/21/2014 3:21:00 AM
Thank you, Dorian! :) So happy to have a visit from you. I was actually waiting....I've posted on your work and wondered why you haven't stopped by. I'm so glad you've come. Just posting a blog about this, along with two beautiful links to songs that will brighten Christmas. Drop by when you've got some time. Hugs