Last year’s nativity was a challenge in more ways than one and ended up with us “almost” forgetting to add the baby Jesus into the proceedings – you can relive last year’s forgetful tale here.
A few weeks ago I sat the children down and asked for their ideas for this year’s re-telling of the most wonderful story, they came up with:
- Using audio visuals
- Using sound effects
- Including puppets
- A Gangnam Style dance off
- X Factor
Every year I have my doubts wondering if I can write another nativity in a fresh new way, especially when the kids give me such a diverse list of requirements, but when you’ve got God on your side whispering ideas into your head as you type it up and pulling the thread together something just clicks and it somehow works.
Some may scoff but I am convinced I have divine inspiration because each nativity has had an identity of its own with a strong gospel message and that has evolved as the story is written.
This was how the ideas came together for this year’s story…
We started with the glitz and glamour of the X Factor theme and a specially filmed sequence of our town as the judges arrive on stage.
Our four superstar judges were Nicole Scherzinger, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Head Judge Henry, so that’s one from X Factor, two from Strictly and a lovely little boy who after the first planning session told his mum he was going to be an X Factor judge in the Nativity, so how could I not write him a special part!
Davina McCall and Claudia Winkleman, (again a mash up of Saturday night TV presenters) get to introduce the proceeding and the first contestant is an innocent young woman called Mary.
The judges ask to see her talent, what she can bring to Christmas.
“I’m just ordinary.” Replies Mary a bit bewildered by it all.
But the judges insist she has sparkle and she is overwhelmingly voted through to Bootcamp in Bethlehem.
On her way out Mary encounters an angel who tells her she is to have a baby. Serenely Mary accepts this news because God has ordained it.
The next contestant is Joseph a carpenter who brings some wooden toys to show the judges.
“They’ll come in great for the baby!” exclaims Nicole.
“What baby?” Joseph is decidedly puzzled by this turn of events.
Meanwhile Craig is not impressed with a mere carpenter until his phone rings.