Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Angel and the Shepherd

Rachel and Benjamin both had a small part in the children’s Christmas program this year. For some reason the director thought it would be a good idea to put preschoolers in the roles of the nativity. It actually turned out very well and the director must have known it would, although I think even she had her moments of doubt.

There was, of course, a Mary (a nice quiet 4 year old) and a Joseph (a slightly more energetic version of the Mary) and a lamb, a donkey and a cow who was very unwilling to be a cow and kept pulling off his spots. A nervous disorder, I suppose. I offered Benjamin’s skunk costume to be used but no one took me up on it. We also had the three wise persons since one of them was a pretty little 3-year-old girl. And then there were my two - a shepherd (Benjamin) and an angel (Rachel). There was another little angel who was very cute too, but of course mine were just the cutest little shepherd and angel I’d ever seen.

As my mother was creating Rachel’s angel dress, she stopped at one point to have Rachel try it on. Rachel tried it on very willing and waved her arms about and said, “Bibbity-bobbity-boo!” in true angel fashion, I’m sure. I guess she felt like a fairy godmother angel – too much Cinderella! I had to explain that I don’t think angels ever said that to Jesus. We’ll have to go over the Christmas story more.

The lady who had sown Benjamin’s shepherd outfit told me that as she had sown it, she’d had him in mind all along envisioning what he’d look like in the shepherd “hat”. I have to admit, he was very cute with his little round cheeks.

In the end I’m pretty sure that the preschoolers had no idea of what they were really supposed to be doing up on the stage except sing “Rum-pah-pum-pum!” with the children’s choir and stand up there being blinded by the flashes of cameras going off. Both of my children were so enthralled with the children’s choir that it was hard to get a picture of anything but the back of their heads and the tip of an angel wing.

All in all the performance went quite well and I think Rachel would have continued to wear her angel costume all night. My little shepherd enjoyed dancing around in his costume but somewhere along the way he lost his little stuffed lamb.

I can’t wait to see what they’ll be next year!


C.C. said...

Very cute!