Summary: An exciting short message about getting up on Christmas morning!
YOU GOTTA GET UP!
Boy excitedly opening up Christmas present.
I. GOTTA GET UP CHRISTMAS MORNING!
A. How many of us remember eagerly waiting for Christmas morning?
B. As kids we can’t sleep on Christmas Eve
C. But we know when we wake up there’s going to be presents!
D. And in the morning we gotta get up!
II. WAKING UP MOM AND DAD
A. So at 4 or 5 am the kids are jumping up and down on mom and dad’s bed
1. You gotta get up! You gotta get up!
2. You said we could have presents on Christmas morning and it’s Christmas morning!
3. Get up!
III. KIDS WAKE UP EASY ON CHRISTMAS MORNING
A. Why is it so hard to wake kids up on any day of the week with the exception of Christmas morning, or maybe a Saturday?
1. Cartoon of kids hanging outside bedroom door of youth director the day they are going to Disneyland
Cartoon of youth waiting outside bedroom
C. Illustration 2
SLIDE: Shell Silverstein and Book, Where the Sidewalk Ends
1. Shell Silvertein’s Poem "Sick":
(From his book, "Where the Sidewalk Ends")
“I cannot go to school today,”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox.
And there’s one more—that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue—
It might be instamatic flue.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke—
My hips hurt when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is—what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is… Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”
TRANSITION TO SCRIPTURE:
There are just certain things in life for which you just gotta get up
It’s just too good to stay in bed
It’s just too good to stay home for
SLIDE: SCRIPTURE READING
V. SHEPHERDS IN THE FIELD
A. Here we have a story of shepherds living in the field
B. Their life isn’t too exciting
C. For Pete’s sake, their living in a field
D. How exciting can it get?
E. When we can’t sleep we count sheep
F. They count sheep for a living!
G. How do they even stay awake?
VI. ANGELS TELL THEM, “YOU GOTTA GET UP!”
A. And then an angel appears
Picture of angel speaking to the shepherds
B. I have good news for you
C. A child is born
D. Not just any child
1. The King
2. The Savior
3. The Messiah
4. The Lord!
E. You gotta get up!
F. And then a whole bunch of his friends show up
Picture of angels singing before the shepherds
G. And these angels start singing