I will now profess to just about understand why people enjoy producing live nativities with small children. My current conclusions on the matter are as follow:
- Kids dressed up as shepherds, angels, and wise men remind us of the true spirit of the Christmas season. Adults dressed up just remind us of community theater or Halloween.
- Costume expenses are cheaper since the actors are 1/2 to 1/3 the size of the adult versions.
- The drama of working with the actors during rehearsals can be managed with a healthy dose of suckers and, if necessary, time-outs.
- Kids are cute when they mess up their cues on stage. Adults just look awkward, then ashamed, then sometimes downright angry.
- Joseph and Mary were probably closer to my kids age when they starred in the actual live version.
- Can you really go wrong with farm animals (either real or fake) and small children? If only puppies had been mentioned in the gospels, then you really would have a tour de force.
Luckily, no one was injured in the production of this live nativity with the boys.