To read the Christmas story in Chinese, click here. But to listen to it dramatized in Chinese, download the mp3s below! (Hint: mouseover the dotted underlined names.)
1. é¢„è¨€è€¶ç¨£é™ç”Ÿ Jesus’ Birth Foretold
The kids gather for family story time with Grandpa XÄ«miÃ n, who tells them about YÇsÃ iyÃ ‘s promised MÃsÃ iyÃ who could arrive any time. The kids think “YÇmÇŽnÃ¨ilÃ¬” is a weird-sounding name.
2. é©¬åˆ©äºšè®¢å©šï¼šå¤©ä½¿æŠ¥ä¿¡ Mary’s Engagement & the Angel’s Announcement
XÄ«miÃ n awakes in the night from a dream, which he thinks was more than just a dream. Meanwhile MÇŽlÃ¬yÃ ‘s parents arrange her marriage to YuÄ“sÃ¨. And then the angel JiÄbÇŽiliÃ¨ surprises MÇŽlÃ¬yÃ with some surprising news.
3. èµ·åå«è€¶ç¨£ Name Him Jesus
Old geezers SÄjiÄlÃ¬yÃ and YÄ«lÃ¬shÄbÃ¡i wheeze their way through some expository dialogue. SÄjiÄlÃ¬yÃ gets the shock of his (long) life when an angel appears to him in the temple and tells him some news. He just canâ€™t believe it, but it comes true regardless. Meanwhile YuÄ“sÃ¨ finds out MÇŽlÃ¬yÃ is pregnant (and not by him!). Heâ€™s not buying all this pregnant virgin Holy Spirit business and makes up his mind to divorce her (though quietly, to help her save face). But before he can act, an angel intervenes.
4. è€¶ç¨£é™ç”Ÿ Jesus’ Birth
YuÄ“sÃ¨ and MÇŽlÃ¬yÃ find out they must travel over 100 miles to BÃ³lÃ¬hÃ©ng because of the mandated census. When they finally get there, YuÄ“sÃ¨ has a heck of a time finding somewhere for them to stay. They finally find a place, and the sweet baby YÄ“sÅ« is born!
5. ç‰§ç¾Šäººæ¬£é—»ä½³éŸ³ Shepherds Hear the Joyous News
Some lowly shepherds chat idly about how itâ€™s actually not that bad to be shepherds; after all, many legendary Hebrew patriarchs were shepherds! They doze off talking about what they expect the long-awaited MÃsÃ iyÃ to do when he finally arrives. Then theyâ€™re awoken by angels, who send them into BÃ³lÃ¬hÃ©ng to find their infant MÃsÃ iyÃ .
6. è¥¿é¢ç¥ç¦å©´å©è€¶ç¨£ Simeon Blesses Baby Jesus
YuÄ“sÃ¨ and MÇŽlÃ¬yÃ canâ€™t understand why God sent the MÃsÃ iyÃ to them, of all people, in a stable, of all places, and only told some stinking shepherds about it, rather than making it a huge deal for their entire nation. But when they bring YÄ“sÅ« to the temple, XÄ«miÃ n and the prophetess YÃ nÃ¡ are there, and they each have some special things to say. YuÄ“sÃ¨ and MÇŽlÃ¬yÃ donâ€™t understand it all, though, especially the parts about how the MÃsÃ iyÃ is not just for the Israelites alone.
7. åšå£«æ¥è®¿ The Wisemen Visit
Scribes in the temple discuss the rumours of a newborn Jewish MÃsÃ iyÃ , but the High Priest is having none of it. As theyâ€™re speaking scholars from the East arrive, claiming their study of the stars led them to YÄ“lÃ¹sÄlÄ›ng to seek the newborn MÃsÃ iyÃ . But theyâ€™re told there is no such MÃsÃ iyÃ and sent away. Meanwhile King XÄ«lÇœ hears the rumours of a newborn king and begins plotting to preserve his reign. He sends the scholars from the East to find him in BÃ³lÃ¬hÃ©ng, the MÃsÃ iyÃ â€™s birthplace as indicated by their scriptures.
8. é€ƒäº¡åŸƒåŠ Flee to Egypt
King XÄ«lÇœ is ticked that the scholars from the East somehow were warned not to report back to him the MÃsÃ iyÃ â€™s location. He orders the execution of all the infants in BÃ³lÃ¬hÃ©ng. YuÄ“sÃ¨ and MÇŽlÃ¬yÃ sneak off during night to Ä€ijÃ.
The download links are from the Chinese site åŸºç£å¾’çš„å®¶å›, where they have the entire Bible dramatized and available for free download, one story at a time. Or you can download the entire OT or NT at one go from John at Sinosplice, Bible Stories in Chinese:
…they injected a healthy dose of Chinese culture. Just listen to the way Mary talks to baby Jesus, or the way the Israelites argue with Aaron over creating the golden calf. And then of course, thereâ€™s the fun of hearing the voice of God in Chinese, or Abraham sounding like an old Chinese man.
If the above download links down work try this: ChineseChristmasStorymp3s.zip
P.S. — We also have Chinese Christmas art and Chinese Christmas carols.
P.P.S. — Your Christmas still not Chinesey enough yet?