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The Living Nativity

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” Isaiah 9:6

This morning, Year 6 proudly presented Holme Grange School’s very first, Living Nativity, for the children of Pre-Prep and Prep. Not even Storm Caroline’s winter chill could curb the children’s spirited performances!

This creative initiative was all about children heading outdoors with animals in order to bring with great joy the holy Christmas story for other children in a fun an exciting way. Guided by the festive narrators, the guests journeyed through the scenes of the nativity as the Angel Gabriel guided Joseph and Mary with a donkey, meeting the Magi and their three camels and watching the Shepherds as they tend their flock of two sheep.

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe perhaps Christmas means a little bit more.” – Dr Seuss

Scripting, rehearsals and costumes have been in the mix for the last 4 weeks, come rain, shine and bitter cold. The most tricky aspect for Year 6 was not being able to rehearse with the animals and so today has been a really big surprise, including the sudden snow shower on the way to Bethlehem! The Year 6 children’s enthusiasm and excitement was bursting when they met the animals, especially amazed that the camels were so real, so big and so hairy.

Contrary to local press, the camels were not flown in, and along with the sheep and donkey, were kindly delivered to the school by generous parents – Mrs Hallam, Mrs Hawkins and Mr Phillips. The Year 6 children are sincerely grateful to everybody who helped them achieve their Living Nativity. The donkey and sheep will especially enjoy a good rest tonight, considering that we had to move up our schedule of performances as they were tiring very quickly.

During one of the performances, a narrator prompted the audience, “Let us now go to Bethlehem!” and with that, a sudden snow shower swept over us with all the children exclaiming, “Wow!” Later on, Mrs Robinson suddenly appeared with her herd of pygmy goats (we now also have 2 pigs in our bustling farmyard) which greatly upset two of the camels and so there was quite a kerfuffle outside the stable!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

The Joy of working with camels:

IMG_6262 from Holme Grange School on Vimeo.

IMG_6263 from Holme Grange School on Vimeo.

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