Church Xmas concerts of yesteryear remain alive in Toronto

Many of us retain fond memories of the church concerts and pageants of our youth. Each year, my brother and I were given either a recitation, a song, or role to perform. Sometimes were we not too happy to be involved, but our parents always insisted that we participate and do our best. The evening of the concert, we were transformed into angels (not exactly type-casting), shepherds (perhaps more suitable) or Wisemen (out of the question). When the concert was over, we basked in the praise of the adults and decided that perhaps Christmas concerts were not so bad after all. The gifts under the tree in the church hall, and the oranges and candies we received, finally convinced us that Christmas concerts were indeed worthwhile.

This year I attended the Christmas pageant performed at Metropolitan United at 56 Queen Street East. It included many adults as well as children to tell the Christmas story. The music, readings, and colourful costumes were magnificent. The pageant rekindled many memories of my youth and added greatly to my celebration of the Christmas season.


Metropolitan United Church at 56 Queen Street East, Toronto, prepared for the Christmas scene


The church is decorated and the stage awaits the arrival of the children and adults who will reveal the Christmas story of old.


                                        The story begins to unfold


                   Children perform their roles and sing in the pageant


                            Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus

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                 The angel announces the birth and Mary prays


                                     The haughty King Herod


                     Children enter the scene as shepherds and lambs


                                 More shepherds  and lambs


                                  “We three Kings of Orient Are . . . “


                                     Angels, shepherds, and sheep


The story unfolds and ends with a feeling that all is right with the world – a sentiment that in our troubled times in well worth remembering.


I believe that this young lad told his mother that the pageant was great. Perhaps next year he too will have a role to play.

To view posts about Christmas in Toronto throughout the years.

Downtown Toronto’s lights and Christmas displays – 2012

The Christmas windows at the Bay Store are magical at night

Christmas at the historic St. Lawrence Market in 1921 and in 2012

The Christmas windows at the Bay Store on Queen Street, 2012

The amazing gingerbread houses on the underground Pathway in Toronto

The gigantic metallic reindeer in the Eaton Centre

Christmas cards mailed in Toronto during the years 1924-1926

The Christmas buffet lunch at the Arcadian Court at the Simpson’s Queen Street Store in Toronto (the Bay)

Christmas at Mackenzie House on Bond Street.

Christmas at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market

The Christmas Market at the Distillery District

Memories of the Christmas windows of the Simpson’s store on Queen Street

Christmas at the Kensington Market

Memories of Toyland on the fifth floor of the old Eaton’s Store at Queen and Yonge Street

The Christmas lights on Yonge Street in the 1950s

The history of Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade

The 1940s Christmas radio broadcasts featuring Santa Claus

Christmas at Toronto’s historic St. Andrew’s Market

Christmas trees and seasonal decorations in Toronto

Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas in old Newfoundland

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