MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The Sunday school students of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will help bless the creche to begin the Christmas Eve early service, before performing a Pageant with a Purpose, said Rev. Deborah Tammearu.
This year, the kids took ownership of the Christmas Pageant, which Tammearu will see for the first time during the 4 p.m. service just like her congregants.
"It's certainly the Christmas story from Luke, so I'm sure there will be shepherds, and I'm sure there will be angels, and I'm sure we will hear good news," Tammearu said. "Our kids are going to remind us themselves, amidst all the excitement and the gift giving and everything, about what the purpose of Christmas is."
Christmas is one of the reverend's favorite days of the year, but wishes the commercial aspect didn't dominate the intimacy of the holiday.
"It is commercialized and there is way too much focus on bargains and boosting the economy," she said. "But I like Christmas. I like to give presents, I like to get presents as well. So I don't want to do away with all of it. I just wish we weren't so over the top."
On Christmas Day, Tammearu will preside over a much simpler, quieter service, which she said, is more reflective of the intimacy of the first Christmas.
"After all the celebration the night before, I treasure it," she said. "It's usually a very small attendance because everybody comes out the night before."
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