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Not the Night Before Christmas (R=1.7)

publication date: Dec 3, 2010
author/source: Carol Montgomery
Not the Night Before Christmas illustration"Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house
Ev'ry creature was stirring, especially the mouse!"

So starts this rollicking rendition of the old poem "The Night Before Christmas."  Your family will enjoy this free Christmas Readers Theater script full of fun.  All you'll need is a plate of cookies to keep the party going.  How about trying different voices?  Curriculum links help to expand "Not the Night Before Christmas" to full lesson plan potential. 

TIME:  3 1/2 minutes  CAST: 2-6  TONE:  Light, even without Santa   READABILITY: Grade 1.7

Here is a brief excerpt from the first page of this festive frolic:

“Not The Night Before Christmas”
By Carol Montgomery ©2010


Narrator 1: 'Twas a week before Christmas and all through the house
                    Ev’ry creature was stirring, especially the mouse!

Narrator 2: The cookies were stuffed in the freezer with care,
                   All ready for Grandpa who soon would be there.

Child 1: The children were busy, not snug in their beds,
             But making more cookies so all would be fed.

Dad: While Mom in her apron, and I in my cap,
         Stroked Frosty, our cat, who was taking a nap.

Narrator 1: When out in the kitchen they heard a big clatter,
                   Dad sprang from his chair to look into the matter.

Dad: Away to the doorway I flew like a flash,
        But, slipped in the eggs and splashed down with a crash!

Narrator 2: Mom raced in behind him to help where she could,
Exploded with laughter--as other girls would…

Mom: Then, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
          But flour all over my husband so dear...  (continued...)

Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the free Christmas Readers Theater script "Not the Night Before Christmas."

Download the PDF "Not the Night Before Christmas," a free Christmas Readers Theater script with curriculum links for lesson plans.

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