Stories engage people at every level – not just in their minds but in their emotions, values and imaginations, which are the drivers of real change. -Simon Hodges, https://www.positive.news/2014/perspective/15464/whats-special-storytelling-social-change/, 17th June 2014
Retelling the ‘story’ aids memory – Psychology professor, Dan Johnson, of Washington and Lee University, Stories make effective memory techniques
The more you can make something make some kind of sense (or, better still, nonsense!), and the more you can personalise it by linking it to yourself and events in your own life, the more likely it is to stick in your memory.
This is one of the basic tenets of memory work – to make things unusual or ‘special’ in some way (by imagining them in a ridiculous or exaggerated form, for example), and to personalise them by imagining them happening to you, or being done by you. These are some of the most basic and effective of all memory techniques.
These are just some of the things that are worked into our unrehearsed, inclusive, inter-generation, multi-ethnic christmas skit.
Here in our second enactment this year were adults, kids, people of different abilities and muti- ethnic backgrounds. We all came together to enact the Christmas story. We followed the script, read our lines, made appropriate gestures, sang through the story, laughed a little, maneuvered through some chaotic wise girls on camels and ended rejoicing like the shepherds did.
If you would like a copy of the script please comment below/ email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or click ‘the christmas story for all-script‘
Color-in poster on God’s abundant Love for us through the presence of Jesus Christ.