It’s almost showtime for Daniela and Lily! They’re part of the Christmas play this year.
Lily has volunteered to be a stage hand, an important behind-the-scenes job that involves making sure the show runs smoothly.
“Everything seems to be going perfectly,” she said, checking off each item on her To Do list.
“Lily!” Daniela cried, rushing backstage in her fancy costume.
“What’s wrong?” Lily asked.
“We don’t have a star anymore!” Daniela explained worriedly.
“What! How did that happen?”
“The actor isn’t feeling well. She had too many cookies before the show. She can’t go on stage.”
“What are we going to do?”
Lily looked at her list, checking to see if they could rearrange any roles to get another actor to play the star.
“Oh no,” Lily said, getting frustrated.
“What is it?”
“There isn’t a backup for the star. And no one else is free to fill in for the star.”
“Then there’s only one option,” Daniela said as she brought the star over.
“What would that be?” Lily asked.
“If there’s no one else to play the role, it has to be you, Lily.”
“Me?” Lily said, not sounding enthusiastic about the idea. “But I get stage fright. That’s why I didn’t volunteer to be an actor.”
“The show must go on!” Daniela reminded her. “And I know you can do it. I believe in you.”
Lily picked up the star and walked on the stage.
In the spotlight, Lily froze, unsure what to say.
She took a deep breath and counted to three. This was her time to shine… literally.
“The star shone bright in the sky,” she said, reciting the lines, “to guide travelers on this special night.”
Want to make your own Christmas Star?
Print out the design below, cut it out, put a hole through the top, tie a string through the hole, and hang up the decoration.