N wasn’t in a nativity play last year because he wasn’t in the pre-school room at nursery. But this year he’s one of the eldest and they’re (presumably) preparing for their play which is in a couple of weeks. I say presumably, because according to N, they’ve not been practising.
Much luckier than me (I only ever got to be a shepherd), N’s going to be a king. Thankfully nursery sent a letter home saying telling us their parts and I’ve managed to get a wise man costume (thank you supermarkets). That was easier said than done because there must be a lot of children in our area who will be a king needing age 4-5. I had to choose a 5-6 but it does fit ok which is a relief. It’s just a little long. I have a feeling that the other 2 kings might be in the same outfit…unless they’ve got a parent who can use a sewing machine better than me. I did debate making a costume but I’ve not used a sewing machine since school, and I need to learn how to use my mum’s one that I’ve now got first, before sending N out in something I’ve made.
I’ve been asking him about the nativity and whether they’ve been practising. First of all he says no, then he gets a bit more into it and tells me that they’ve been practising before lunchtime.
I’m assured that he knows who’s playing what and who the other kings are. He tells me that he doesn’t have to say anything; if that’s true at least that prevents him getting stage fright and forgetting or not wanting to say his lines.
I asked if they were singing Away in a Manger.
‘No’ I sang it to him just in case.
‘No. We’re singing a song about Mr Tivity’. Er ok.
‘Do you want to sing it to me?’
‘No’. Fair enough.
N did seem to like the costume I got him, and refused to take off the crown. It probably helps that he and his friend J like to dress up in the princess fancy dress costumes at nursery school, so he’s used to being in a ‘dress’.
I need to work out whether I can get into work late that morning so I can go and watch it. Hopefully none of the parents said they didn’t want others taking photos, so that we can all get photos of our children’s first nativity play. I’m sure it’ll be one of many.
Are your children in a nativity play this year? What role are they playing – are any being random roles in ‘alternative’ nativities?