Texas Megachurch responds to backlash from viral Christmas show

Video of a Texas megachurch rehearsing for an extravagant Christmas show featuring a flying pack of drummer boys went viral this week, drawing more than 10,000 comments, including harsh criticism of the annual spectacular production.

Prestonwood Baptist Church hosts The Gift of Christmas, the annual “spectacular” Christmas show featuring a massive cast of nearly 1,000 people, choir, live orchestra, flying angels and live animals. Fourteen performances are scheduled for December 2-4 and December 7-11 at the Dallas-area megachurch. At the time of going to press, there are still tickets left for four of the performances.

The viral video was posted to TikTok by Tony Daussat on Sunday, November 27 with the handle @tonydaussat and the caption “Little drummer boy, but TX’d” panning through the church showing a rehearsal by a group of drummers that fly through space while playing. TikTok has garnered more than 1.7 million views at the time of writing.

@tonydaussat Little drummer boy but TX’d #christmas #church #fyp #texas ♬ Original sound – Tony Daussat

Dialogue in the comments ranges from a slew of “Righteous Gemstones” and “Joel Osteen” vibes and other jokes to criticism of “church business” and religion in general.

Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas

Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas

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“I just love it in the gospel when drummer boys fly around the manger. It gives a certain dignity to the birth of Christ,” Eric Creeh said in a comment with more than 9,000 likes.

“Tell me the preacher has a private jet without telling me the preacher has a private jet,” Keith Becraft said in the comments, with more than 41,000 likes and almost 400 replies, using his own tonality.

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