The Notivity Play

It was Syd’s first Nativity this year. He was to be a cow. Now I have been known to make costumes (badly) in the past, but a cow needed a bit more than the robe/tea towel combo of previous years, so I cheated. Thank goodness for onesies!

Syd has been singing himself to sleep with the songs for the past few weeks. Simple ditties based on nursery rhymes – think ‘ride,ride,ride your camel down to Bethlehem’ to the tune of row your boat. Fitting for a bunch of 3 and 4 year olds in their first pre-school production.

Come the big day we dropped him off, then made our way back an hour or so later for show time. The kids were all introduced by group – angels, shepherds, and animals. Syd came out, sat down and promptly burst into tears. He ended up on my lap before a note had been sung, and stayed there sporting a combination of sneers and poked out tongue grumpy faces whenever anyone looked his way. I guess he is just too punk for a nativity.

I know it is mean to laugh at your child’s misery, but this is his official portrait photograph from the day…..impressed he isn’t!


grumpy cow


We now have the DVD, which thankfully was recorded at the dress rehearsal so he is actually in it, and he is LOVING watching himself on the telly. He sings loudly along, replacing words at random with ‘cake’ – ‘Away in a manger no crib for a cake’ being my favourite so far.

So you know, it was more Notivity than Nativity, but nonetheless it was pretty cute and funny!

Elsewhere in my Christmas prep I have been wrapping. By the time I had wrapped 5 presents I had already lost the end of the tape 15 times. I kept getting bits of hair stuck in the Sellotape too – luckily I haven’t bought any of the kids a DNA testing kit for Xmas, so they will be unable to use this to conclusively prove that I am Santa, they will just have to wonder why he is leaving red hair stuck to stuff when he is clearly sporting the white stuff in all the pictures.

And speaking of Santa, you know I think I resent him more for not wrapping his damn presents than for not paying for them. Still, 50 down only about half as many again to go….

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. December 17, 2014 / 10:19 am

    Aww, all the Nativity plays going on are so awesome. Even a bit upset he looks like a very lovely cow 🙂
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  2. December 17, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    oh my goodness what a cute cow. I so miss the younger years when my girls got to dress up and do nativity plays. Now they’re older they don’t get to join in or the parents aren’t invited to watch it …. boo hoo

  3. December 18, 2014 / 5:03 am

    Syd looks so adorable in that onesie. At least you’ll always have the photo and DVD to remember his first nativity.
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  4. Jen Walshaw
    December 18, 2014 / 11:13 am

    I love Nativities. Maxi has never dressed up in one, but is usually OK in them. I loved all the animals in Mini’s this year. Onsies are great for dressing up
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  5. December 18, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    Ha! My boy was the Inn Keeper and kept throwing himself on the floor and rolling around drunk to make us laugh. Totally worked. He’s one of the oldest their too which shows the level of my parenting skills.
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  6. December 18, 2014 / 11:56 pm

    My son used to have a meltdown in every presentation also. He just couldn’t handle the strange situations. He still doesn’t enjoy presenting in front of crowds but he’s getting better at it.

  7. December 19, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    Bless him! What a shame about the ‘notivity’, but at least you got to see the DVD and it must have been cute to hear his songs beforehand. He definitely looks cool and rock ‘n’ roll in that pic.
    What is it about hair and sellotape?! I swear there is hair in every bit of sellotape I use!
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  8. December 29, 2014 / 7:25 am

    Aww, it was Dexter’s first nativity this year too. We had to practice ‘When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney’ again and again. When I went to see him in it, he kept turning his back to me so I couldn’t see him! Wish his pre-school had done a DVD.
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