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1)
A version of this story, "The Wisdom of the Rabbi," was my pick for September 2004 and is on my website at:
http://pages.zdnet.com/storysocks/library/id83.htmlDale P. 12/30/05


2) Here's Mary G's version from the "Bare Bones True Love" book."The Noisy House"[I don’t have a written source, but the first tellers from whom I heard it, Annette Harrison and Dianne Banks, told me it was an old Jewish tale. It’s great for participation and settling down a rowdy group, and can be varied for the situation. I heard Dianne change it to Santa’s Noisy House for a Christmas program, with elves working and Mrs. Claus mixing up cookies. The father comes home, just wanting some peace and quiet, but the house is too noisy. Mother is stirring soup, the children are playing, the baby is crying, the dog is barking, the cat is meowing (enlist volunteers -- I usually have a pan and a wooden spoon for the mom. I also usually have a signal to stop the noise.]

Father goes to the wise woman (rabbi, . . . .) for advice on what to do about his noisy house (do the sounds for mother, children, baby, dog, cat, etc.). “I love my family,” he says, “but there’s too much noise!” She tells him to bring their horse into the house. So now when he comes home, he hears (repeat all the sounds of the household) and also, the neighing horse..

Back to wise person, “I really love my family, but...” This time bring your cow into the house.” Now when he comes home, he hears (repeat all the sounds), the neighing horse, and the mooing cow.

Next, “I really love my family, but...” “Now bring your chickens into the house” . . . add clucking chickens. (I usually have the father remark on the state of the floors as well).

Finally, the wise person says to take the animals back to the barn and the chicken house. This time when the father comes home, Mother is stirring soup, and it smells delicious. The children are playing, so cute. The baby is crying, but stops when Daddy picks him up. The dog is barking and is good at keeping trouble away. The cat is meowing, and there haven’t been any mice in the house. The father sits down and enjoys his nice, quiet, happy home. “I love my family,” he thinks and smiles.

(I once had a student ask to be the monkey, so he was, and the family liked the monkey so much that they let him stay in the house when the other animals went back).Mary G. 12/30/05

3) Here are two more versions as told by Marilyn K. from the "Bare Bones In the Spirit of the Winter Holidays" book. Included is a puppet play.

Adaptation by Marilyn K. of "The Noisy House."

a) "Santa's Noisy Christmas"

Bones:

Santa is trying to get a nap before his big night out. He hears Mrs. Claus baking cookies clanging the pots and pans (clang-clang-clang) and she is singing "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, Put another penny in the old man's hat." Then he hears the elves ringing the jingle bells (either have jingle bells for the audience to ring or "Jingle-jingle-jingle") They are singing "Jingle Bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh - hey!") Santa sighs and wishes for some peace and quiet. The Christmas fairy appears and tells him that all he needs to do to get some sleep is to bring in the barnyard animals. So, the chickens and the cows, and the sheep come into Santa's house. As they come, they sing “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Since we’ve no place to go… Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

* He tries to sleep but now - Mrs. Claus is clanging the pots and pans (clang-clang-clang), the elves are ringing the jingle bells (jingle-jingle-jingle), the chickens are clucking (cluck-cluck-cluck), the cow is mooing (mooooo) and the sheep are bleating (bahhhhh). Please, Christmas Fairy, come back!... (This is repeated with a new sound after each scene.)

Christmas fairy comes back and to get peace and quiet, Santa needs to bring in the woodland creatures - the wolf, the fox, the squirrel, the rabbit and they are singing "Over the hills and through the woods to Santa’s house we go.The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the bright and drifting snow.” Santa tries to sleep but...

*(repeat noises)....and the wolf is howling (ow-ow-owwwww)....

Next the fairy tells Santa to bring in Frosty who sings “Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul, With a corncob pipe and button nose and two eyes made out of coal….”. As he comes in and stands by the fire (drip, drip, drip) Santa tries to sleep, but...

*(repeat noises)...and Frosty is melting (drip-drip-drip)

Next the fairy tells Santa to bring in the reindeer. (start to sing..."You know Dasher, and Dancer and Prance and Vixon, Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen, but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all (then let the others join in with the modern version add-ons)....

“…Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Has a very shiny nose. (like a light bulb)
And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows. (like a light bulb)
All the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names. (like Pinocchio)
They wouldn’t let poor Rudolph, play any reindeer games. (like Monopoly)
Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say,
‘Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?’
Then how the reindeer loved him.
|As they shouted out with glee. (whoopee!)
Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer,
You’ll go down in history.” (like George Washington)


Santa tries to sleep but...
*(repeat noises)...and the reindeer are shouting "Whoopee!" Santa yells out, "Christmas Fairy, come back!"
"What is it? Too noisy?"
"Too noisy! I should say NOT. Why, this is Christmas with all my family and friends. This is a joyous noise, the happiest of noises. Come on, Christmas Fairy, join me as we sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas...
and a Happy New Year.
Marilyn K. Taleypo the Storyteller 12/30/05


b) "Santa's Noisy Christmas"
[A puppet play by Marilyn Kinsella, adapted from the story above] PUPPETS: Santa, Elf (or person dressed as elf outside the puppet stage), Rudolph and eight reindeer - 2 each on paint sticks that can be slipped into slots on stage (or Velcro them onto stage, Frosty, Christmas Fairy, farmyard animals and woodland animals (paper animals on paint sticks or Velcro pieces to stick to back ledge of stage.)
PROPS: Pots and pans. Velcro strips across front of stage platform. Jingle bells.
*There does not need to be a Mrs. Claus since she is singing off stage.
*There is no need to change scenes as long as everything “freezes” while the fairy advises Santa.
Puppet Play:SANTA: Ho, ho ho! Tis the season to be jolly - but, I’m so tired I could fall asleep standing up. You wouldn’t believe the letters I received this year. Lots of new toys out there—even had to reshape Barbie. All that sawing and cutting and sanding and painting to make new toys has made me tired. And that’s not all! What with everybody wanting electronic toys, I had to go to the University of the North Pole and get an engineering degree to figure out how to put the latest video game together. But now everything is in the sleigh and ready to go. Just enough time to catch 40 winks so I’ll be wide awake for the big ride in the sky! Ahh, everything is nice and quiet. I think I’ll just lie down and….

(Santa just nods off when off stage there is the clanging of pots and pans and Mrs. Claus is singing “Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat. Please put a shiny penny in the old man’s hat.”

SANTA (cont'd): That’s my dear wife baking another batch of her delicious Christmas cookies, but I do wish she would be more quiet. There’s just - too much noise.
(Santa just settles again when he hears the jingling of bells and Jingles enters singing “Jingle Bells” everyone joins in)“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.
Oh what fun it is to ride on a one horse open sleigh - HEY”
JINGLES: (hyper and jingling bells) It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas! I can’t wait! I’m so excited.SANTA: Yes, Jingles, I know you’re excited, too many sugar cookies no doubt, but I’d really like for it to be quiet so I can get some much needed sleep. There’s just - too much noise. (pots and pans clang and Jingles keeps shaking bells)
Oh, please Christmas fairy, help me!(Everything freezes while fairy appears. There could be some bells or some other as she enters)CHRISTMAS FAIRY: (flies around and lands near Santa) Hello, there Big Red. All ready for tonight?SANTA: Not exactly. I would like to take a nap and there is just too much noise. What can I do to make it more quiet, so I can sleep?C. FAIRY: That’s easy - just bring all your barnyard animals into your
house and you will see what is to be.SANTA: Barnyard animals? Did you say barnyard animals? Do mean like a cow
and a goat, and a chicken and ducks?
C. FAIRY: Exactomundo! See you later, big guy!(When the fairy leaves all the noise resumes. Santa looks off stage and hollers for the animals to come in)SANTA: All right! Come on in you guys. Make yourself comfortable by the fire.
ANIMALS: (Animals enter singing - “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Since we’ve no place to go… Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

SANTA: What was that Christmas Fairy thinking? Now Mrs. Claus is - clanging the pots and pans, Jingles is - ringing the bells and now the cow is - mooing and the chickens are - squawking. There’s just - too much noise. Christmas fairy - Come back!
(Everything freezes, tinkling bells as fairy appears) How’s it going?SANTA: How’s it going? Things are worse. I can’t stand it. I need peace and quiet.
C. FAIRY: All righty then. You must ask the woodland creatures to come in.
SANTA: Certainly you can’t mean…
C. FAIRY: Of course, I mean - wolf, fox, bear, squirrel, rabbit - all of them. Only way to peace and quiet that I know of.
SANTA: OK, OK, OK!
C. FAIRY: Later, chief!SANTA: (Goes to call woodland animals) Yoo-hoo! Wolf, fox , rabbit and squirrel - Come in here for a moment. That’s it just line up against that wall.
(Woodland animals are velcroed to the left side of the stage as they sing
“Over the hills and through the woods to Santa’s house we go.
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the bright and drifting snow.”)
(Wolf starts howling)

SANTA: This is even worse. Now Mrs. Claus is - clanging the pots and pans. Jingles is - ringing the jingle bells, the cow is - mooing, the chickens are - squawking, and now the wolf - is howling! There is just - too much noise. Christmas fairy...HELP!
(Everything freezes as tiny bells ring as fairy appears.)C. FAIRY: Let me guess. It’s still too noisy?
SANTA: Yes, and I do need my beauty rest. I’ve got bags under my eyes bigger than the one on my back!
C. FAIRY: Then the next thing is to bring in Frosty.
SANTA: I won’t even ask. Thank you, Christmas Fairy (she exits)
| (yells off stage) Frosty! Come here, will you?

(Frosty enters singing
“Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and button nose and two eyes made out of coal….”)
FROSTY: Kind of warm in here, Santa. I think I’ll stay by the door. (drip, drip, drip)
SANTA: This is unbelievable! Mrs. Claus is - clanging the pot and pans, Jingles is - ringing bells, the cow is - mooing, the chickens are - squawking, the wolf is - howling, and now Frosty is - drip, drip, dripping. Aggh! There’s just too much noise! Christmas Fairy, this isn’t working. Come back, Christmas Fairy!
(Everything freezes as Fairy enters with sound of bells)C. FAIRY: Really, Mr. C., I was right in the middle of my favorite TV show - “Have a Charlie Brown Christmas.” Now what’s the matter?
SANTA: What’s the matter? What’s the matter? All this noise is what’s the matter. I need silence, quiet, quietness, quietude, quietus. I want sleep!
C. FAIRY: Oh, I get it. Then for the magic to really happen….
SANTA: Please, don’t tell me. Could it be….reindeer.
C. FAIRY: By George, Santa, methinks you’ve got it. Commercial is over I need to get back. Tootles!
(calls off stage)(Sings as reindeer are placed in middle of puppet stage with Velcro) Oh Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen. And do you recall the most famous reindeer of all…(Everybody sings as Rudolph appears
“…Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Has a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows.
All the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names.
They wouldn’t let poor Rudolph, play in any reindeer games.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say,
‘Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?’
Then how the reindeer loved him.
As they shouted out with glee.
Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, you’ll go down in history.”
SANTA: Ho, ho ho. Such a merry Christmas Eve. Too bad the Christmas Fairy isn’t here to enjoy it. Mrs. Claus is - clanging the pots and pans, Jingles is - ringing bells, the cow is - mooing, the chickens are - squawking, the wolf is - howling, Frosty is - drip, drip, dripping and now the reindeer are shouting – whoopee!.
(Everything freezes, bells sound as Fairy appears)
C. FAIRY: You mean there’s not too much noise?
SANTA: Too much noise? At Christmas? Whatever gave you that silly idea? Why, all my friends and my family are here. What a joyous noise! Let’s all sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

ALL SING:
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year.

Marilyn A.K.,Taleypo the Storyteller 12/30/05

http://www.dulcimerguy.com/taleypo_morning.htm

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