Tales of Christmas past include many photos from the Trinity Church nativity. Once year we realised there weren't really enough children or any who were old enough to do the nativity. So we opened it up to the whole congregation to sign up. And lots of people did! So now we always rehearse on the Sunday before and once before the service (and by rehearse I mean walk through) and we sort of wing it.
It's always funny and we give over the whole service to it, mixing in carols and things. And we bring our own costumes. This year featured the above as angels including yours truly, but also a chap as Gabriel who'd made his own light-up wings, some prophets and scholars in mortar boards and gowns and some Yorkshire wise men in flat caps. The wise men costumes are always the most unpredictable. There are also shepherds in the traditional dressing gown and tea-towel ensemble (less convincing when said dressing gown is pink and fluffy) and the children wear sheep ears and woolly jumpers and bleat throughout.
Eee, it's grand.
P.S. This is the first year in quite a few that I won't get to be in it - sad face! Good luck to the cast who are probably performing as I type!