The Somerton Nativity play took place, as is now tradition, on Christmas Eve at 4pm. A multitude of the heavenly host (average age 4), a donkey, three sheep, four wise (wo)men, a real baby Jesus and the Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Baldry (as Herod) assembled to entertain the congregation. As ever, there had been no rehearsal, and children in particular are encouraged to arrive in costume and simply take part.
Victoria Prentis started the nativity with carols about twelve years ago. Now there is standing room only. Every word is from Luke (adapted slightly for small children) and though there are pantomime elements (including boos for Herod) and lots of children and animals, the essential message of Christmas comes across loud and clear.