Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children's Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children's Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo

We all know the holidays are looking just a wee bit different this year. And so we adapt, perhaps taking to heart this lovely quote from Theodore Roosevelt (big thanks to OMPer Deb Allen for sending that along):

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

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To that end, the annual holiday children’s program at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church (my home church where I’ve been a member for 60 years) is being crafted with each family filming their own video section. Because like everything else, there will be no in-person children’s program this year.

Filmmaker extraordinaire Britney Kreiner will then splice all the videos together (and do a whole lot more, I’m sure) into a children’s program, which will be available for viewing on the church’s Facebook page and YouTube account next Sunday, Dec. 6.

Yesterday, the Long family (their family elders are the much-beloved and now-passed Ed and Jo Brown) did their video shoot at the amphitheatre at the Civic Center in town. Since I will do pretty much anything to get out of the house these days and social distance with people outside of my “pod,” I showed up to be part of the “audience.”

Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children's Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children’s Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo

I was also very excited to snag the non-speaking role of the stern innkeeper holding the “No Vacancy” sign that turned Mary and Joseph away. I must say, though, it was very challenging to not laugh my way through it. I did not get a photo of that, so you’ll have to watch the video next Sunday to see me.

As you’ll see in the photos below, we took the “do what you can” quote to heart, with props that included large stuffed animals for the stable (who knew there was a penguin in that stable!?), a baby shower farm banner as the backdrop, cue cards and, of course, the standard robes, towels and sheets for the characters of Joseph and Mary and others.

Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children's Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children’s Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo

Also, the casting department did a stellar job of casting. We even had a very pregnant Mary! See pics below, and be sure and check out the video next Sunday. I hope Britney got my good side. 🙂

(I’ve been hearing reports of other video shenanigans, like (real) sheep eating the script. I really hope that makes it into the final cut!)

Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children's Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children’s Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children's Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children’s Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children's Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church Children’s Christmas Program Video | Jane Boursaw Photo

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A lifelong resident of the Old Mission Peninsula, Jane grew up on a cherry farm (Johnson Farms), married the boy next door (Tim Boursaw), and raised two kids there (Will and Marissa). Her 35-year career as a photojournalist includes bylines with the New York Times and Ladies' Home Journal, and interviews with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. But she loves writing about the OMP most of all.

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