'Marry me – the Son of God is on his way'

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THERE is nothing quite as unique as a Herm School nativity, with this year's concert no different.

The school's five pupils performed in a packed St Tugual's Chapel, marking the real start of the festive season.

Nativities have been performed on the altar step every year for almost five decades. In a world of consumerism and technology, it's always nice for the children to be reminded of the real meaning of Christmas.

The story starts in less than happy circumstances. Mary loves Joseph, but he still holds a flame for his ex-girlfriend and isn't totally committed. She tells him that they are miraculously about to have the Son of God, so he had better marry her, and he reluctantly agrees.

Soon after the wedding and just days before the birth, Joseph admits that he forgot to mention he was from Bethlehem and that they have to take an arduous journey by donkey for the census.

Arriving in Bethlehem with Mary in labour, they discover that the inn is full because of the census, but the innkeeper kindly offers them room in the stable.

When it comes to Herm School concerts, it's even more fun when there aren't enough children to go around. This year the Angel Gabriel was played by, according to the programme, 'Random Puppet', who gave a gripping performance in being stuck to a wall.

Also the first of the three kings had his two 'friends' – small king bears – sewn to his shoulders.

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