Peter
Alsop
 

When Jesus was a Kid

It's Christmas time again and the mall is really weird
Everyone gets stressed out Christmas shopping every year
I have to stop and wonder, looking at my Christmas list
When Jesus was a kid, would He be doing this?

I know He was a baby, but did He ever cry?
Did Jesus wet His diapers or were they always dry?
Did He use a bottle before He used a cup?
Did Jesus throw things on the floor for Mary to pick up?

Did Mary ever spank him? Does the Bible say?
Did Jesus scream and holler when things didn't go His way?
I know He was a baby, but I wonder what He did
When He was about, my age, ... when Jesus was a kid?

Did He have birthday parties? I like to think He might
But then I have to wonder, well, like, who did He invite?
Were there other kids in bathrobes who played tag the way we do?
Was He bummed out when His birthday gifts said Merry Christmas too!?

Did Jesus put on sunscreen, or did He wear a floppy hat?
Living in a desert, you can sunburn, (snap!), just like that!
And He prob'ly hated eating camel milk with mushy peas
Or can Saviors just get out of eating gross things when They please?

N'He prob'ly hoped His Dad would let Him have a B-B gun
I mean His father Joseph, you know, not the other One
It's not like it's a war toy, Jesus wouldn't hurt a flea
And He'd never point at anyone, He'd be as safe as me!

And if His mother found it, she wouldn't make a scene
She'd NEVER hide it in the attic, no, she was NOT that mean
He wanted Peace On Earth and Good Will to kids
I mean He was a kid Himself, so I'm sure He really did

We fight wars and we spill oil, we mess up the sand
I bet a kid like Jesus prob'ly wouldn't understand
He'd see us Christmas shoppers trying hard to close our eyes
To the homeless people sleeping near expensive stuff we buy

I might be wrong, but I'm a kid too, so I might be right
If we asked that kid Jesus, Is all this stuff all right?
Can we buy Christmas spirit if we spend lots of dough?
Well I think that kid Jesus, would just say No!

Christmas isn't about shopping, it's about the way we care
It's thinking What would that kid Jesus do if He was here?
So if some kid you know, messes up some thing they did,
Remember, Jesus was a human too, when He was a kid

Acting like a kid at Christmas, should not be a sin
Remember when we do it, we're only acting just like Him
So this Christmas, let's just BE NICE to each other, don't you see?
When Jesus was a kid, He was a lot like you and me!
When Jesus was a kid, He needed love like you and me!

Written by Peter Alsop, ©1991, Moose School Music (BMI) Performed by Willow Geer-Alsop from Peter's Chris Moose Holidays CD album and available on DVD (which you can order now by clicking on this link! )

Hi! Peter Alsop here.

I work with kids and families all year long, and every Christmas season, I find myself wondering "What kind of a kid was Jesus?" I mean, after he got himself out of the manger?

Well here's what I came up with! We shot this in 1992 with my daughter Willow It's called When Jesus was a Kid. It's won some awards and has been used in churches, temples & Sunday school classes. It addresses homelessness and gives us food for thought about caring for each other on this planet.

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Peter Alsop is a nationally known singer-songwriter, educator and humorist with a Ph.D. in educational psychology. He graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut and did his doctoral work at Columbia University's Teachers' College and Columbia Pacific University. He worked as the Director of The Harbor Schools Residential Treatment Center for emotionally disturbed adolescents in Maine and as a New York City elementary school teacher in the South Bronx ghetto.

Peter has produced nineteen audio recordings and seven videos and dvd's for which he consistently wins "Best Children's" awards from Parents' Choice and the Association For Independent Music. His songs are used daily by thousands of parents, educators and human service professionals to help families discuss sensitive issues. His "Wake Up" video with John Ritter helps families prevent child abuse and abduction. He's acted on stage and on television, directed a feature film, and performs extensively at conferences, festivals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada as well as hosting an annual training workshops at his Otter Space conference center in Northern California. He lives in Topanga, California with his wife, actress/director Ellen Geer, and their two daughters Willow and Megan. Contact: Moose School Productions, Box 960, Topanga, CA 90290 or 310-455-2318 or E-Mail or peteralsop.com



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