Did you have any idea that we were being watched by beings from a distant planet, who are curious about our bizarre ways? (song – We’ve Been Watching You) Amused, confused and intrigued by what we do, and sympathetic to our recent troubles, they want to reach out across the galaxy to us…and so they have planned a visit! They have discovered that we are at our friendliest and most peaceful at Christmastime and decide that this is when they will come. So they set about researching our festive traditions, viewing our behaviour on their hi-tech screens and learning as much as they can about what we do to celebrate, so they will feel less like strangers when they arrive.
Presents are a lovely way to show we care. Whilst viewing a family exchanging gifts, the aliens soon understand why it’s better to give than receive…especially when what you’re giving (or rather off-loading) is the excess loo roll you panic-bought earlier in the year! We are also reminded that there’s no better gift than something hand-made, with love, from a child.
(song – From Me To You)
The aliens then set about researching Christmas trees, learning how jolly they make us feel, bringing a decorative twinkle to our homes. But for one family who is without a tree on Christmas Eve, the only option might be the last poor, shabby and unattractive little spruce left in the shop! Will they give it a home and save it from being firewood?
(song – The Last Christmas Tree)
Our strange practice of kissing under the mistletoe is something that fascinates the aliens. As Great Granny descends on her family for Christmas, armed with a sprig of mistletoe, what can the grandchildren do to avoid their cheeks being covered in lipstick? Absolutely nothing! Luckily there’s enough spare toilet roll in the house to wipe it off!
(song – Great Granny And The Mistletoe)
Ah, a traditional Christmas dinner! Turkey and the trimmings, eaten whilst pulling crackers and wearing paper hats – what’s not to like? But have you ever spared a thought for those poor Brussel sprouts? Ridiculed by the more popular items on the plate and left at the end of the meal to be thrown in the bin, Christmas can be an unhappy time for them! What will the aliens make of the festive season’s most misunderstood vegetable?
(song – Sprouts Have Feelings Too)
Of course, the most important thing for the aliens to find out is why humans celebrate Christmas. In a narrated nativity scene, in which the tableau is presented and a carol sung, they are introduced to the characters who were part of the first ever Christmas. However, the donkey has a few words to say about who is the real hero of the story, leading everyone in a song and dance highlighting his contribution to the events surrounding the birth of Jesus.
(song – Do The Donkey)
So, having found out plenty about humans and our festive behaviour, the aliens get ready to blast off for Earth, keen to experience Christmas for themselves. With rucksacks full of presents, during the final song they arrive and are warmly welcomed. Selfies are taken, gifts exchanged and, with a rousing chorus to finish, troubles are forgotten!
(song – Christmas is Finally Here)