I love childrens books at Christmas time. This one is called "The Nativity Play" and is by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen.
It tells the story of a school Nativity Play and captures a school Christmas Play very accurately indeed.
Here is a scene depicting "No room at the Inn."
The baby, Jesus is born in a stable and the children sing - what else but -
"Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head ... "
The book even has one of the shepherds waving at his dad in the audience - it really does capture the essence of the school Christmas Play! Here we have the Three Wise Men with their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
From the book to a real Christmas Play. Our daughters Christmas Play was held last Monday. She is wearing the red shawl and played the part of the Innkeeper's Wife.
The Play was about the Fourth Wise Man, Artaban. Here he is with his false beard!
The children played their parts beautifully. A lot of work goes into these school productions and the children really seem to enjoy them!
Here we are towards the end with Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus. There seem to be a few more babies there too!
Well there we have it the school Christmas Play over for another year!
Last night we braved the freezing temperatures and headed to Guildford to see the Pantomine "Sleeping Beauty" which was very good. On the way back the roads were quite treacherous and the cars' temperature gauge showed that it was -6.5.
Today, I haven't been feeling very well - a nasty cough and runny nose!
It had been snowing overnight and we have about 3 inches of snow. The dog has just been out in the garden and has come back in covered in snow and is now fast asleep on his blanket by the fire - It's a hard life being a dog!
The turkey has been ordered from the butchers for collection on Christmas Eve but I still need to get some presents! How I wish that I was more organized!
Until next time.