Sunday 22 April 2018

Martina Devlin: Simple nativity play captures spirit and strength of a nation

Christmas Preparations In Bethlehem...BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK - DECEMBER 21: Palestinian Christian boy Fuad Hasboun, aged two-and-a-half, lights votive candles in the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, December 21, 2008 in the biblical town of Bethlehem in the West Bank. With just days to go before Christmas, the thousands of tourists descending on the biblical town where Jesus was born are promising to make this the best festive season in eight years according to local businessmen. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)...Non
Christmas Preparations In Bethlehem...BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK - DECEMBER 21: Palestinian Christian boy Fuad Hasboun, aged two-and-a-half, lights votive candles in the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, December 21, 2008 in the biblical town of Bethlehem in the West Bank. With just days to go before Christmas, the thousands of tourists descending on the biblical town where Jesus was born are promising to make this the best festive season in eight years according to local businessmen. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)...Non
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

Life as a Christmas tree isn't all glamour. The five-year-old dressed up as one discovered that wearing two large gift-boxes on her feet were inconvenient when walking was required -- and downright tricky for stepping over microphone leads.

But nothing interfered with the feelgood glow at the school nativity play. Mary and Joseph couldn't stop grinning as they were turned away from inn after inn. Angels didn't allow tinsel wings slipping down their backs to distract from their hosannas, and when their tights bagged in mid-flight, they yanked them up and carried on.

One classmate accidentally robbed another's line, but the child potentially deprived of her moment of glory simply repeated the sentence as if nobody had just heard it. Shepherds in tea-towel headdresses waved at their parents in the audience, while one small boy threw caution overboard and started blowing kisses.

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