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A rather hairy John the Baptist

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A cow fixes her ears backstage

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A little angel gets his wings

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Haloes are given out

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John the Baptis is the man!

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The kings confer before the show

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A shepherd finds his staff

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Angels in a row

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A shepherd helps an angel while Mark the Evangelist looks on

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Mary and Gabriel await the Baby Jesus

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Everyone rehearses

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The angels practice their song

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The evangelists Mark and Matthew talk backstage with John the Baptist

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The angels sing (and strain to see the on-stage action!)

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The deacon steps forward to read Matthew’s gospel passage

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The Evangelists enter, all aflutter–whose version of Jesus’ birth story is the best?

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All the animals enter

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Baby Jesus arrives, carried by an angel, and followed by a star.

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The choir of angels awaits their cue

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The three kings come from afar

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The big day–the four evangelists argue amongst themselves

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The whole company

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Matthew argues a point with Luke

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The camel, donkey, and sheep look on

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The kings arrive!

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Evangelists John and Mark get in on the act

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And the angels just can’t resist a teeny bit of mischief!