I’ve just been to my second school nativity. It was, interesting. The Boy did a very good job of his lines. It was a year one and two production, and we were proud to see that he was one of a few year ones that had their own lines. He did have to sit down with the other year ones after he’d said them, leaving year twos on stage. He’s not capable of standing still for 30 minutes. But he did a really good job. I was very proud.
That said, I hate them. All school events really. They are awful. I go for The Boy, I’m proud of him. But they’re all generally rubbish, aren’t they? If I’m being completely honest (and it seems a shame to stop now) I don’t even remember last years!
These are a few of the things you can expect to find at a school nativity play:
- The kid that keeps waving at mum. Mine does this a lot. Which is odd, because he’s nowhere near a mummy’s boy.
- The kid that doesn’t know the words to the songs. This is sometimes mine. Not always. I like the way they try to keep up by humming or making odd mouth movements.
- The kid that doesn’t know the words but makes up for it with exuberant actions. Love this kid.
- The interesting characters. Our school is large. Year one and two together make around 100-120 children. While a lot of them are in the “choir”, many are given speaking parts. The Boy this year was “the dog”. There was also at one point a chorus of about 20 Shepard’s. As well as every other animal you could think of, and 30 angels. No wise men however?!
- The lack of actual nativity story. Ours was about the animals living in the barn, basically having a sing and chat about a baby in their barn. No nativity at all. I’ve never seen a nativity that was just the nativity.
- The baby in the audience that won’t stop crying. Mine managed not to be this. She spent the whole time clapping. She was probably the biggest fan.
- The parents in the audience that won’t stop talking. At the start of ours, a teacher asked us to take any younger children that wouldn’t be quiet out for a bit to calm them down, because the children had worked very hard. But what about the parents that carry on a conversation the whole way through, can I take them out?
- The parents that will blatantly ignore the “please don’t post any pictures with children that aren’t your own to social media” warning. We all know they will.
Apparently, nativities only happen until year two in our school. I will secretly miss them immensely!