I have a distant memory as a kid being involved in at least one nativity play.
I’m sure it was more often but the one that sticks in my mind was the year I was a narrator.
It felt like such an important thing to do at the time.
Now my kids are the age of being in nativity plays, it’s become a family tradition that they play the innkeeper.
Playing The Innkeeper
In primary one and two, the kids are cast as extras; donkeys, sheep, musicians and villagers amongst other things.
It’s only in primary three that the more important roles get dished out.
And both times my kids have been cast in the same role – the innkeeper.
It’s not a role with lots of lines but in the version of the nativity my kids did, it involves a singing a solo.
For a seven-year-old that’s quite a big thing to have to do, particularly when there’s a theatre full of parents watching.
But my daughter was word-perfect and belted out her lines with gusto.
It brought a tear to my eye and I was glad it was dark in the audience.
The Difference Twelve Months Makes
If she’d had to sing a solo 12 months ago, I don’t think it would have worked.
She’s made so much progress over the last year in her speech and language.
Having had intensive speech therapy, it’s really turned things around for her.
And her confidence has been boosted through the roof.
My daughter’s always known her own mind but she was also aware of standing out because of her speech.
Now that’s a thing of the past and playing the innkeeper has certainly proved that.
You wouldn’t recognise the same girl from 12 months ago.
The End Of An Era
After this year, there will be no more nativities for me to watch though.
Primary three is the last year in which the kids take part.
And I don’t have any more kids to take up the mantle going forward.
They’re growing up fast and so it’s only fitting that they move on from nativity plays.
I’m not sure at this stage that either of them wwould want to join the school play however.
Not being a pushy parent, I won’t make them either.
It’s up to them if they want to take part in things like that.
Not everyone wants to be a thespian after all.
How About You?
Have your kids been in a nativity play this year? What parts did they play?
Do you remember being in a nativity play?