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