We are all aware of the kinds of the children of the nativity, the nose picker, the flasher and the waver to name a few. But what about the parents of the nativity? All huddled together on tiny chairs in big coats watching their little star be an angel, wise man, donkey, or chicken.
The Emotional Parent
Without a shadow of a doubt this is me! There is something about kids singing Christmas songs that makes me get all misty eyed. Walking in that school hall and seeing then sat in their costumes, fiddling with their halos, and frantically scanning the room for their parents, puts a lump in my throat. It’s very easy to spot us emotional parents, tissues in hands, watery eyes. One year the kids did a dance to Coldplay’s A Sky Full of Stars. Two years later I still cry every time I hear that song!
The Singing Parent
The kids have been practising their songs at home for months, so we know all the words too. But the singing parent just can’t help themselves. They sing along and give it some gusto. You can’t help but wander if the singing parent is always the first up at karaoke. I bet they have a karaoke song. You make a mental note that a night out with this parent could be fun.
The Parent With The Entourage
Our school has a two tickets per child rule. But there are always those that spend weeks sourcing any spare tickets they can get their hands on. On the day they turn up with the child’s grandparents, seven aunts and uncles, Great Auntie Sue, and the next door neighbours.
The Stressed Parent
Easily spotted as they are normally accompanied by a toddler. The toddler either wants to be on stage with their brother or sister, or they want to leave. The toddler never wants to just sit on the chair and watch. The stressed parent spends most of their time bribing the toddler with snacks and whispering apologies. Don’t worry stressed parent, in a few years it will be your toddler up on stage and you can enjoy the nativity whilst sending sympathetic smiles to the parent watching whilst their toddler empties the contents of their handbag on the floor.
The Eager Parent
Their tween years of queuing for tickets to see Jason Donovan at 5 O’clock in the morning* have all been in preparation for this day. If the performance starts at two they will be queuing from midday to ensure they have a front row seat.
*My tween years happened to be before the advent of online booking systems. Getting tickets to see your favourite star involved queuing at the venue. It was how we showed our dedication.
The Embarrassed Parent
Normally related to the child on stage picking their nose or flashing their pants. They have been witnessed going bright red and sinking down into their seat slightly as the audience turns their attention from the child on stage, who is now wiggling their bum at the audience, to the owner of said child!
Parents of the nativity: Which one are you?
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