Back to my Hometown

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Back to my Hometown
Author: Glenn Small
Type: Comedic Skit
Audience: Children
Occasion: Children's Church, Advent
Topic: The Bethlehem Candle
Bible Text: Luke 2:1-5

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Brief Summary

A traveler has to go home to pay taxes, which sets up for an introduction of May and Joseph's story.


This is part of the Jordon River Puppet series. See that page for more information on characters and background to this series.

In this script: Jason (up front leader), The Traveler

Props Needed

A suit case with travel stickers, bench


As the kids are getting settled, the traveler exits the bus station and sits down on the bench. Jason notices her and engages her in conversation.

Use this script as a outline for an ad-lib conversation.

Jason: you've been here before, haven't you?

Traveler: That's right; I pass through here on my way to…

Jason: And you've been visiting there all this time?

Traveler: Oh heavens no. I've been all over the world since then (points to suitcase with travel decals).

Jason: Wow, you really have been all over the world. Are you a business person?

Traveler: No, I just like to travel. That's why my friends call me the Traveler.

Jason: And where are you traveling to now, some place distant and exciting?

Traveler: No, I'm going back to my home town.

Jason: Oh, you're going home for Christmas; that will be nice.

Traveler: Not exactly.

Jason: Not exactly nice or not exactly going home for Christmas?

Traveler: Both, neither. I'm not going back there for Christmas and the reason is not very nice at all.

Jason: Oh I'm sorry, did something bad happen?

Traveler: You could say that. The Governor decided that they needed a special tax to help pay for a new road or something – so I have to go back to my home town to pay taxes - can you believe that?

Jason: Going back to your home town to pay taxes… that sounds familiar.

Traveler: You mean someone else has come through here with the same story?

Jason: No, I don't think that was it – but it just seems like I read something about people traveling to their home towns to register for a tax or something.

Traveler: Maybe you saw it in the paper…

Jason: Maybe… Hey, I was about to lead some singing, would you like to help? Since you're waiting for your bus anyway…

(Segue into singing time)

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