Christmas in a Box

A children's Christian Christmas program for groups that include kids in pre-school through 6th grade.

This Christmas musical features kid-friendly arrangements of 8 Christmas carols so it is easy for you to invite everyone watching the program to sing along.
Songs include free instructions for sign language, pats & claps, PLUS you get ideas on how you can incorporate kazoos & bandanas into this program!

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  Children dressed as Mary & Joseph in the Christmas in a Box musical program.
In this Christmas program, your kids will find a lamp shade, a frisbee, a dish towel, plastic grocery bags, a broom, a wooden spoon, and a few pieces of paper in the prop box . . . and these props are exactly what they will need to tell the Christmas story.  As the Christmas in a Box props are taken out of the prop box, your children will see how they fit into the story.  For example, the lamp shade in the prop box will be used as a megaphone by one of your children to call the sheep in from the field, then as a waste basket for Joseph's extra papers, then again as a spotlight to give the angels a little extra light on a dark night, and finally as a basketball hoop when the wisemen take a "hoops" break from their search to find the Savior . . . and that's just one of the props in Christmas in a Box!  Your children will enjoy sharing the good news of Christmas and the birth of our savior using all of the props and singing the songs in Christmas in a Box

Click here to read a script excerpt from this Christmas play.

Click here to listen to short samples of the songs in the musical, Christmas in a Box.

Christmas in a Box
1) kid-friendly contemporary arrangements of 8 traditional Christmas carols,
2) free instructions for incorporating marching, pats, claps, motions, sign language, kazoos, instruments and bandanas into the Christmas songs,
3) a piano score with guitar chords,
4) a vocal CD (a recording of Cathy singing the full version of each song),
5) a script that includes Christmas text from Luke 2 and a combination of 6 speaking parts and parts for narrators & readers (you may use one narrator and one reader or expand the parts to include more children), prop list and staging. 
Props for the Christmas in a Box play.

Kids dressed as angels in the Christmas in a Box musical.

NOTE SLIDE SHOW OPTION . . . Angel, shepherd, wisemen, and star parts may be acted out live OR you may shoot digital pictures of these characters acting out their parts and then narrate that portion of the musical using a slide show of digital pictures.  NOTE SING-A-LONG OPTION . . . the congregation will know all of the traditional carols in this Christmas musical, so why not invite them to sing along?!

Purchase of this Christmas musical play grants you permission to make as many copies of the sheet music, lyric sheet, script and MP3s/CDs as you need for your performance.
Purchase this musical in digital format
and everything will be e-mailed.  You print everything and create your own MP3 playlist.
Purchase a paper copy of this musical with a CD
and Cathy will send the musical and listening CD via priority mail.

Cathy will e-mail your script
(MSWord format) so you can add your actor's names and edit the script as needed.  All you have to do is ask!

You have your choice
of a full-length 40-minute program ($50 plus shipping, performance time: 40 minutes) or a short 20-minute program ($40 plus shipping, similar script but fewer songs - performance time: 20 minutes).

A keyboard-only accompaniment CD (no vocals) is also available for $20 plus shipping,
Prefer digital format for your accompaniment tracks?  MP3s are available for $3 per song and can be e-mailed.  No shipping charge!
Accompaniment tracks (MP3s or CDs) come in handy when your piano player isn't available or when you need to free up your hands to teach motions or sign language to your preschool children.  These accompaniment tracks may also be used for your performance - it's like hiring a piano player who plays the music the same way every time!

To preview this children's Christmas musical program, the full script and the vocal CD (a recording of Cathy singing the full version of each song) are available for $10 plus shipping.   The preview package does not include permission to perform the script or any of the songs in the musical. 

If you would like to use the 10-12 minute script (includes Luke 2 text) as your play and insert your own children's Christmas songs, the purchase price of the performance rights for the script is $20.  This script includes a combination of 6 speaking parts and parts for narrators & readers (you may use one narrator and one reader or expand the parts to include more children), prop list and staging.  The script can be sent via e-mail to save shipping charges.

If you already have a script and you prefer to purchase individual songs from Cathy's children's Christmas musicals, you have the following options:
      1.   Purchase sheet music.  Sheet music ($4 per song) includes piano score, guitar chords and motions.  Sheet music can be e-mailed (PDF format) OR printed and mailed.
Purchase an MP3 to go along with your sheet music.  MP3s ($3 per song) include two tracks for each song:  a vocal track of Cathy singing the song and a keyboard-only track with no vocals.  MP3's are e-mailed.
      3.   Purchase a Custom CD to go along with your sheet music.  There is a $10 labor charge for each custom CD plus the cost of each song that you purchase.  Custom CDs include both a vocal track of Cathy singing the song and a keyboard-only track with no vocals.  (Example:  Custom CD with 2 songs = $10 labor charge + $3 for Song #1 + $3 for Song #2.  CUSTOM CD with 2 SONGS TOTAL =  $16.)  Custom CDs are shipped via priority mail.

Have questions? 
Go to Christmas Preschool & Children's Program Frequently Asked Questions for answers to children's choir director's questions about Cathy's Christmas programs.

Click here for Can-Do Christmas Program tips for anyone helping with the Christmas program.

All orders must be prepaid.  There are 3 ways to order:
1)  Mail Cathy's printable
order form with a check to: Cathy's Music LLC, 1923 Noble Road, Arden Hills, MN  55112.  $20 fee for returned checks.
2)  Use your PayPal account.  E-mail your order & mailing address to Cathy ( and she will send you a PayPal invoice.  As soon as your PayPal invoice is paid, she will put your order in priority mail.
3)  Pay with a credit card over the phone.  E-mail Cathy your phone number ( and she will call to take your order and credit card information over the phone.

All orders are shipped via priority mail. Overnight shipping rates are available for U.S. orders upon request. 
All international orders must be placed via e-mail and paid through PayPal.  NOTE:  There will be a $5 currency conversion charge on all international orders.

Please note that all sales are final - no refunds or exchanges.

Click here to order or listen to short samples of the songs in the program, Christmas in a Box.

"We used 'Christmas in a Box' for our Sunday School program last year and loved it!"

Betsy M., Hope Lutheran Church & School

"Thanks so much for your musical, 'Christmas in a Box'.  It was great to have things organized by the type of music and ages of children involved and it was wonderful to be able to get both a music CD and the sheet music.  Great!"

Amethyst K., Wilson United Methodist Church

"I am teaching the children the music from 'Christmas in a Box' and I love how you have added instruments and actions to the songs.  It is wonderful!  After working with this Christmas music in my church, I plan to use your praise music at my Christian school because I know the children there would have fun singing your music, too!" 

Valora U., New Hopedale Mennonite Church

"This was our first time doing a Christmas performance and your script was perfect!!  The audience laughed and sang along and gave great reviews . . . and our teens had fun practicing and putting on the performance.  Thank you so much for putting together materials to make our job easier!"

Candice G., Holy Family Youth Group

"Our Christian bilingual school in Honduras of 22 children really enjoyed performing 'Christmas in a Box' and did a very good job.  Thanks for sending it our way!"

Yvonne D.

"We did 'Christmas in a Box' 7 years ago.  Both the adults and kids said, 'We liked it so much!  Can we do it again?!'  I said, 'Sure!'  God's blessings."
Janee W., St. Matthew Lutheran Church

"This will be the 4th year in a row that we have used one of your programs at Christmas.  We are looking forward to another wonderful program!!"

Shelly T., First United Methodist Church

"It was so much fun to put together 'Christmas in a Box'.  The adults and children had a wonderful time.  With only four weeks to get ready, the scripts & music & performance CD really made my job easy! Our pastor commented, 'Whoever wrote that script has a wonderful sense of humor and a fresh way to bring the Christmas story to life.'  Thanks so much."

Marla K., Norwest Community Church

"Looking forward to the musical, 'Christmas in a Box'.  We love all of your work.  The Christmas service wouldn't be complete without one of your musicals."

Diane P.

 "We had such a great time and success with your play last year, that we are excited about using another one of your creations!  Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with all of us!"

Diane M., Church of God

"We purchased 'Christmas in a Box" and were SO pleased with the success of it.  We're back to purchase a new musical!"

Wendy J., Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

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