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ChristmasPageantTomorrow I’ll be participating in my first  (and thus best, I suppose) Christmas pageant ever, with what seems to be a pretty Jesusy group of Unitarians. (They have a cross behind what passes for the altar, but a Mogen David hangs in the front.) My childhood Catholic church had a manger scene on the lawn in front of the rectory, but I don’t remember anybody dressing up as shepherds or Wise Men and processing–was it maybe a Protestant thing? Anyway, tomorrow’s event promises lots of adorable children including a live baby as the Baby and, I’m told, a kid who thinks he’s a dinosaur playing one of the sheep; I’ll be singing in the choir. Brave the snow and come on down.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. I grew up in the Catholic Church and we put on a Christmas pageant every year (circa 1980). I don’t think it was called a pageant, though; I’ll have to ask my mom. One year I was a sheep and at least once an angel, with a gold tinsel halo. I remember my brothers dressing up as shepherds at various times (bathrobe!). Now that I’m an adult (a mother, a working mother, who’s not good at sewing costumes anyway) the bit where Ramona Q’s mother apologizes to her for not having time to make a sheep costume rings All Too True.

  2. Perhaps your parents were like mine–avoided the afternoon children’s service/pageant at all costs! We usually went to the 6 PM Christmas Eve service.

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