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Summary: Mother and daughter are wrapping a Christmas gift to a relative. Mother insists on correct wrapping technique, and daughter wonders why a gift should be given to someone they obviously don’t like.
Style: Dramatic.  Duration: 5min
Actors : 2F

Characters: Woman and teen


( Mother and daughter (Tanya) are at table. Daughter is disgustedly starting to cut the paper for the gift while mother is supervising.)

Mother: Wait a have to put the gift on the paper before you cut can’t guess at how much you need.

Daughter: (rolling eyes) Okay...(puts box on paper - with no interest. Acts like she is try- ing to position it on paper)

Mother: (reaching in to help)’ve got to roll the paper out more...

Daughter: (puts down scissors, sits back and crosses arms)

Mother: (picks up the scissors and cuts the paper) See, it’s not that just have to...(stops and looks at Tanya)...what’s wrong?
Daughter: (Stone faced) nothing. Mother: It doesn’t look like “nothing”. Daughter: I’m okay. I’m just bored.

Mother: Oh, you don’t have time to be bored. We’ve got a lot of presents to wrap here...Look, I tell you hold the paper on the box while I tape it up....(begins to wrap the box) Come on, you can do this...

Daughter: Alright... (disgustedly leans forward and heavily puts her finger on the edge of the paper while she looks off in the distance)

Mother: that’s better...I’ll have you wrapping gifts you can be proud of before long!
(mother’s happy at her apparent victory)

(Pause while wrapping continues...)

Daughter: Mom, isn’t this uncle Dave and aunt Terry’s present?

Mother: (answers while she wraps) Um-huh....

Daughter: Don’t you hate them?

Mother: (surprised, stands and looks at Tanya) NO! I don’t HATE them! What makes you say a thing like that?!

Daughter: Mom, don’t have a melt down!...

Mother: I’m not melting down, I just don’t know where you got that from...

Daughter: Well, we only see them once a year...

Mother (sitting down): Tanya, they live in Pittsburgh...we just can’t make that trip.

Daughter: And, you and dad always talk about how crude and loud they are...

Mother: (resumes wrapping the gift and finishes taping it) Well, that’s not the way I’d put it, but they are “different”...we just have to love them a little more...(smiles at her ability to recover)

Daughter: (stands up) But that’s my point, don’t see them but maybe once a year, and just that one time is a royal pain! Why do you give them a gift? You can’t honestly say that you love them...

Mother: (completely composed now - stops wrapping) Tanya, come and sit (pats
Tanya’s chair)

(Tanya sits)

Mother: This is something you need to know about Christmas and give gifts to your family because it’s Christmas, not because you are close, or because you want to give them a gift. It’s the right thing to’s what families do.

Daughter: Mom, that seems so cold...

Mother: (handles the wrapped gift) I just believe that keeping the tradition going is as important as what the tradition is all about. Maybe, someday, Dave and Terry will under- stand that family is about keeping things going even when we don’t want to...just like we do...

Daughter: (skeptical) So, you’re saying....

Mother: (points to wrapped gift as she interrupts Tanya) I’m saying that sometimes, dear, a gift is all you have between you and someone else...
© Fred Lane, Crosswind Community Church, All rights reserved
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