The Day After Christmas

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Matthew 25:31-46

31"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.

32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' 37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' 41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' 44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' 45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

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The Day After Christmas

“The Day After Christmas” is episode #6 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on December 26, 1987.


Annie McNeal goes with Whit to the Foster Creek ghetto. Unfortunately, Annie falls into some danger when a gang starts causing trouble around one of the neighborhoods.


It's the day after Christmas, and Annie McNeal is bored, despite the fact that she got everything she wanted — and more — for the holiday. She wanders into Whit's End looking for something to do. Annie finds Whit hard at work preparing boxes of food for the poor people at Foster Creek ghetto. Whit asks if Annie would like to help, and she agrees.

At Foster Creek, Annie meets a young boy named Tommy who lures her out on the dangerous streets — against Whit's orders. When the two kids are spotted by a gang, The Locos, Tommy runs off, while Annie is pulled into a house by old Mrs. Rossini, the local crazy lady. Only, Annie soon learns that Mrs. Rossini isn't crazy. She's a lonely widow who is pleased to have company for the first time in years. She and Annie have a delightful afternoon tea, and Mrs. Rossini tells Annie about her life, describing how the Lord has brought her through some very difficult times.

Suddenly, The Locos show up again. They smash Mrs. Rossini's windows and threaten to break into the house. But the gang disappears as quickly as they came — thanks to some quick thinking by Whit, who shows up with several deputies from the sheriff's department. They all head back to Pastor Clarence Pike's church for a delicious day-after-Christmas lunch, where Whit informs Tommy and Annie that since their disobedience led to the broken windows, they'll have to work to replace them.

Tommy is disappointed, but Annie doesn't mind. She's glad to have something worthwhile to do with her time. Her afternoon with Mrs. Rossini has taught her a valuable lesson: The fun of getting Christmas presents can quickly disappear, but the excitement of giving lasts all year long.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think Annie got bored so quickly with her Christmas presents?
  2. Why didn't Whit want Tommy and Annie to leave the church?
  3. Mrs. Rossini said her faith in God got her through some very difficult times. Can you think of times when your faith helped you?
    • Explain.


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Bennington Teresa Rossini


  • This is the first episode to take place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey.
  • The title is a spoof of the phrase "'twas the night before Christmas." On top of that, the poem Chris Anthony reads at the beginning was borrowed from the 'twas the night before Christmas poem (with the words changed).
  • The "Betty Buckskin" doll described by the young girl in the opening wrap is a spoof of the Teddy Ruxpin animatronic toys popular in the 1980s.
  • Mrs. Rossini calls her location "Forest Creek" instead of "Foster Creek."



Annie McNeal: I don’t like it back here. It smells bad.
Tommy: It’s an alley — it’s supposed to smell bad.

Mrs. Rossini: How many cats do you see here?
Annie McNeal: Um...
Mrs. Rossini: What do you need, a calculator?
Annie McNeal: Seven, okay?

Annie McNeal: Uh, well, can I ask you... uh... well...
Mrs. Rossini: If I had such a good family, and with all I had going for me, how come I ended up in a broken-down shack in Forest Creek? Isn’t that the gist of it?
Annie McNeal: I didn’t mean to be rude. I'm sorry.
Mrs. Rossini: Oh, no, no. You weren’t rude, child. I was rude. You were just naturally curious, that’s all.