December Round the World

5th grade musical

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December ‘Round the World

Song: December ‘Round the World
Scene 1

Speaker 1:   It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the whole wide world!

 Speaker 2:   In the high mountain villages of Peru, there’s a brighter, brisker feeling than usual.

 Speaker 3:   In the boat cities of Hong Kong, the sea is a little more blue.

 Speaker 4:   In the deep fjords of Scandinavia, the mountains seem at last, like old friends.

 Speaker 5:   The tiny German hamlets twinkle like the stars above them, and the Swiss students race home on skiis as fast as Dutch children glide over the frozen canals on skates.

 Speaker 6:   In the Americas, there are carolers singing…

 Speaker 7:   …and Santa appears on a snowmobile!

Speaker 8:   In Japan, there are delicate sculptures made of ice and hi-tech lights on evergreen trees.

Speaker 9:   In a tiny town in Asia, happy shepherds huddle around a humble shelter.

 Speaker 10: They look up and smile at a single star that smiles back at them and promises to continue to light up the world.

Speaker 11: And in Mexico, a small boy with a big sombrero, grabs hold of a stick and wildly swings at La Pinata, as his friends and family clap and cry

            “Hurra! Hurra! Feliz Navidad!

Scene 2
Speaker 1:   In December, the Chinese begin their long preparations for the New Year.

Speaker 2:
  They paint their doors and windowpanes usually bright red, and decorate them with paper cut-outs and poems with themes such as happiness, wealth and longevity.

Speaker 3:
   They start buying presents, as well as materials for new clothes and decorations.

Speaker 4:
   They prepare special foods for the celebration.

Speaker 5:
   And a huge cleanup gets underway.

Speaker 6:
   They scrub their houses from top to bottom and sweep away any traces of bad luck.

Speaker 7:
   In China, December is the start of a brand new year.

Speaker 8:
  They dance with dragons!

Speaker 9:
  They play the drum!

Speaker 10:
  They shout Gung Hay Fat Choy…

Speaker 11:
  …which means Happy New Year!

Speaker 12:
  (encouraging the audience) Come on everybody, say it with me! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Audience and Cast: Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Speaker 12:
One more time!

Audience and Cast: Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Speaker 12:
  (smiling) Happy New Year to you, too!

Song: Happy New Year (Gung Hay Fat Choy)

Speaker (during song):
    “My cloth dragon sways from side to side, chasing a sun ball while small children hide. My brother plays the drum, my father the gong, and mother and sister join in the song. Firecrackers pop and evil spirits flee, as lion dancers dance so menacingly. Happy New Year! Or Gung Hay Fat Choy! Sweep out your sorrows. It’s time now for joy!

Scene 3
Excited Person:
I found it! I found it!

Sassy Person:
 What? What did you find?

Excited Person:
 The pickle! The pickle! I found the pickle in the Christmas tree!

Sassy Person
Uh, excuse me. Pickles do not grow on trees. It must be a pinecone.

Excited Person: Nein! Nein! It’s a pickle! You see, in Germany it’s an old tradition that young children hunt in the Tannebaum, that’s German for Christmas Tree, for a hidden pickle.

Sassy Person
: (rolling her eyes) Uh, why?

Excited Person:
     Whoever finds it, gets a reward! So, I’ll take my reward now?

Sassy Person
: (shrugs and gives Excited Person a hamburger) Here, have a hamburger.

Excited Person:
    A hamburger!?

Sassy Person:
 It’s German too, and something to put your pickle on, as long as you found it.

Excited Person:
     Whatever! Anyway…

 (smiling to the audience) Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Song: Pickle in the Tannenbaum

Scene 4
Speaker 1: In Africa, December is celebrated in many different ways.

Speaker 2:
   In Muslim families, it is often the time for Ramadan.

Speaker 3:
   In Christian families, it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Speaker 4:
   Here in America, we borrow from the colorful heritage of our African ancestors and celebrate a holiday we call Kwanzaa.

Speaker 5:
   …which means “first fruits of the harvest.”

Speaker 6:
   We light candles and make gifts.

Speaker 7:
   And we celebrate seven Kwanzaa principles:

Speaker 8:
   Self Determination,

Speaker 9:

Speaker 10:
  Cooperative Economics,

Speaker 11:

Speaker 12:

Speaker 13:

Speaker 14:
  …and Unity.

Speaker 15:
  In Kwanzaa, we set our sights on becoming better citizens.

Speaker 16:
  We seize the day!

Speaker 17:
  We grab the brass ring!

Speaker 18:
  We reach for the stars!

Speaker 19: We jump at the sun!

Song: Jump at the Sun
Speaker 20: Come on everybody!
Speaker 21: Get up off your feet!
Speaker 22: Now is the time

Scene 5
Speaker 1:   December in Israel brings the celebration called Hanukkah.

Speaker 2:
   And not just in Israel, for there are Jewish people all over the world…

Speaker 3:
   …in Asia and Europe, South America and Australia, Africa and here in North America.

Speaker 4:
   In December, people of the Jewish faith dedicate 8 days and 8 nights to commemorate a miracle that happened way back in 165 B.C.

Speaker 5:
   Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jewish victory over the Syrians in 165 B.C., which, take my word for it, is a very long time ago.

Speaker 6:
   Judah Maccabee and his soldiers went to the holy Temple, and were saddened that many things were missing or broken, including the golden menorah.

Speaker 7:
   They cleaned and repaired the Temple, and when they were finished, they decided to have a big dedication ceremony.

Speaker 8:   For the celebration, the Maccabees wanted to light the menorah. (music begins)

They looked everywhere for oil, and found a small flask that contained only enough oil to light the menorah for one day. 

Speaker 9:   Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days. This gave them enough time to obtain new oil to keep the menorah lit.

Speaker 10:  Today Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days by lighting candles in a menorah every night.

Speaker 11:  Dedication.

Speaker 12:  Commemoration.

Speaker 13:  Miracles and Light.

Speaker 14:  December is the time for Hanukkah.

 Song: Miracle of Lights

Scene 6

Speaker 1:   It sure seems clear that December is a special time of year all over the world.

Speaker 2:   And nowhere is it more special than right here in good old America!

 Speaker 3:   That’s right! One of the reasons it is so special here is that we have people from all over the world living here and celebrating the traditions of their ancestors.

Speaker 4:   Like Hanukkah!

Speaker 5:   Ramadan!

Speaker 6:   St. Nicholas Day!

Speaker 7:   …and Las Posadas!

Speaker 8:   And we’ve also added a few traditions of our own.

Speaker 9:   Like Kwanzaa!

Speaker 10:  Like Santa comin’ down the chimney!

Speaker 11:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer pulling the sleigh.

Speaker 12:  Frosty the Snowman dancing around town!

Speaker 13:  Hanging our Christmas tree upside down in the den!

 (everybody stops and stares at Speaker 13)

Speaker 13:  I have a very peculiar family.

Speaker 14:
  We carol ‘til we’re hoarse.

Speaker 15:
  We shop ‘til we drop!

Speaker 16:  We do clever little musicals for all of our parents and friends, trying as hard as we possibly can to get them out of their grumpy attitudes and into the happy holiday spirit!

 (All look at audience and gasp as if to say “oops!”)

 Speaker 17:  There’s nothing like December in America!! 

Song: December in America 

During Song…

Speaker 1:   It IS the most wonderful time of the year in the whole wide world.

Speaker 2:   So whether you celebrate Christmas,

Speaker 3:   or Hanukkah,

Speaker 4:   Kwanzaa,

Speaker 5: or Ramadan,

Speaker 6:   St. Nicholas Day,

Speaker 7:   Las Posadas,

Speaker 8:   Chinese New Year,

Speaker 9:   or all of the above,

 We hope you have a wonderful December and a Happy New Year!

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