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"The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemakesr's old broken-down tool house." (1)
Robinson. Barbara. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1972.
This is one of my all time favorite books, much less Christmas books. The Herdmans are hysterical and yes, even lovable. They worm their way into the church Christmas Pageant and cause any number of catastrophes from taking the coveted roles of Mary and Joseph to the all important role of The Angel of the Lord! But without a doubt the best part of the whole pageant and story is Gladys as The Angel "with her skinny legs and her dirty sneakers sticking out from under her robe, yelling, at all of us, everywhere: 'Hey! Unto you a child is born!' "