Simple Shepherds' Christmas Stories

Simple Shepherds' Christmas Stories

by Jean W. Yeager
Simple Shepherds' Christmas Stories

Simple Shepherds' Christmas Stories

by Jean W. Yeager

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Told In The Style of "Th3 simple Questions"




CHRISTMAS SHEPHERDS' stories – These are "shepherdly-simple" retellings of old stories along the lines of the "Uberufer Shepherd's Plays", a cycle of religious plays which have been in continuous production since the 16th or 17th Century.

I came across these plays when my kids were in Waldorf schools. These plays have been traditionally performed at Waldorf / Steiner schools around the world.  I have had the occasion to act in productions of these plays. When my kids graduated, I lost contact with the productions. Our culture in America got more complex, technical, and "harder" in many ways, and I found myself longing to re-experience these stories in some form.

So, in an effort to reexperience these Christmas stories in an old, culturally simplistic form, I have written them as a part of the annual cycle of my blog "Three Simple Questiuons." So, these offerings are written in those "three simple questions": "Who Am I?", "Why Am I Here", and "What Do I Want?"  I hope I've captured the simple innocence of the working guys (Shepherds), the awe of Angelic inspiration and their responses, and the political power of Herod who threatens the Magi. I write this at the time of the Gaza tragedy and each evening see "Innocence slain by Power."  Here are the simple stories:

CHAPTER 1 – SHEPHERDS AFIELD - The Shepherds make their way to Bethlehem to sell their sheep to pay for taxes. They pass the time complaining about taxes, drinking wine, and dancing to stay warm. An Angel appears and sends them to Bethlehem to find a child.


CHAPTER 2 – MARY AND JOSEPH AT THE STABLE. Joseph worries about the taxing day.  A Child of Light is born in the darkness.

CHAPTER 3 - A SURLY INNKEEPER that "only takes in people with money in purse" puts Mary and Joseph into his stable and sends the Shepherds off with "a kick and a curse!"


CHAPTER 4 – THE SHEPHERDS VISIT THE STABLE where they give their gifts to The Child "most High". The Conclusion of this shepherdly-simple retelling of the Christmas story is the question: why is He is born in such a poor place?

CHAPTER 5 - Innocence Slain By Power – The Three Magi and King Herod.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940179306535
Publisher: Lucky Phone Call Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2023
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: eBook
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About the Author

Jean W. Yeager- PERSONAL BIO A profile in our local newspaper

"Jean Yeager is a deep thinking, dry- humored, spiritually-minded, and fabulously unique writer. His subject choices are often unusual and his metaphors are always creative. He makes connections between things many would never think of (for example, I recall in one writing session he wrote about a 'gravel pit wound"'."

"But best of all, he's an incredibly likeable man…."

"Yeager, born and raised in Texas, began writing as a teenager. He eventually got into advertising for major corporations, including McDonalds, 7-Eleven, and Coca-Cola, for which he won awards. He even wrote a film for then President Ronald Reagan."

"In his mid-forties, he left the advertising business and became a consultant of socially- progressive nonprofits. He and his wife moved to Rutland in 2008 after retiring from his job as Executive Director of a nonprofit in Ann Arbor, Michigan."

RUTLAND HERALD, March 2016 by Joanna Tebbs-Young


In 2023, FIRE BORNE Anthroposophy In America, a centennial history was published by Anthroposophical Publications.

In 2022, "Prisoner #101065 Book Report On The Life And Times Of Tupac Shakur With Commentary By Niccolò Machiavelli", was 3rd Place Finalist in the National Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival.

In 2021, my short fiction piece "Old Pirates Of The Heart" won the National Ageless Authors Fiction Competition.

In 2019, my screenplay "How Santa Claus Came To Simpson's Bar" was a Finalist in the Las Vegas Int'l. Screenplay Competition.

In 2018, my essay, "The Kite Of Our Genius – Sail On" was winner of the Ageless Authors National Essay competition.

My one act play, "Christmas In the Whisky- Alpha-Romeo (W.A.R.) Zone" was a finalist in the Tennessee Williams One Act Play Writing contest.

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