- “When Joseph went to Bethlehem” (put scarf over head to represent period head covering for Joseph or Mary)
- “I think he took great care, to place his tools” (put scarf on lap and pretend to place tools on it then fold one side over)
- “and close his shop” (used hand motion like two doors coming together to close)
- “and leave no shavings there” (use the scarf as a dusting rag and pretend to dust off a work bench)
- “He urged the donkey forward” (put scarf tight between both hands and move them together in one direction, like a rope pulling a donkey)
- “then with Mary on its back” (put scarf on head to represent Mary now)
- “and carried bread and goat cheese in a little linen sack” (pull the four corners of the scarf together like it is holding something and hold the very top).
- “I think there at the busy inn” (here you could act as though you are trying to see through a crowd looking from side to side as if to see around someone in front of you, then up on tippy toes)
- “that he was meek and mild” (put the scarf on head to represent Joseph again, then fold arms and bow head as if in prayer to show meekness)
- “and awed to be the guardian of Mary’s sacred child” (fold the blanket like you would if you were wrapping up a baby, and cradle the scarf bundle in the elbow of one arm kind of rocking)
- “perhaps all through the chilly hours” (wrap scarf like a shawl and act cold) “he soothed the swaddling bands”
- (wad the scarf back up and put it back in the bend of your elbow like a baby, and stroke it gently)
- “and Jesus felt the quiet strength” (leave the scarf baby on your left arm then put your finger over your lips for ‘quiet’ then make a muscle with your right arm for ‘strength’)
- “of Joseph’s gentle hands” (stroke the scarf baby again)
- “and close beside the manger bed” (scarf baby still in arm)
- “he dimmed the lantern’s light” (scarf held up by two top corners in front of face like a curtain)
- “and held the little Jesus close upon that holy night” (scarf in a bundle like a baby cradled and rocked in the arm again)
Did you know alternate verses were written about Mary to the tune of When Joseph Went to Bethlehem? It was published in The Friend in the 70’s-80’s according to Emily HERE.
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > When Joseph Went to Bethlehem.