Nativity play magic down the years

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THERE is nothing quite like a good stretch and a yawn – but perhaps not during your ­Christmas Nativity play.

But who could be anything but charmed by this little girl, above, as she took a brief moment out of her role in the St Monica’s Nursery School choir of angels, just to bring an even bigger smile to parents’ faces.

A member of St Monica's Nursery School choir seems less than impressed during the Nativity play in 1978

A member of St Monica's Nursery School choir seems less than impressed during the Nativity play in 1978

The year was 1978 and toddlers at the Queensferry Terrace nursery gave everything they had to make the play the best they could. After all, in its 70th year, St Monica’s was scheduled to merge with Mary Erskine’s the following month, meaning this would be the last play in the current set-up.

Nurseries and schools across the Lothians have been staging plays and concerts this week as youngsters prepare to head off on their Christmas 
holidays.

In 1968 it was the turn of children from Juniper Green Primary who hosted a traditional Nativity play. Pictured here, staff had worked their magic on the set to recreate a stable in Bethlehem.

It is not all about the children, however, as our picture here from 1970 shows when nursing staff from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary put their best feet forward to entertain crowds in a charity performance. A huge amount of effort had been made, particularly in making spectacular costumes for the angels.

Staff from the Royal Infirmary present a nativity play in 1970

Staff from the Royal Infirmary present a nativity play in 1970

For sisters Lydia and Maria Lestuik, pictured here at the Ukrainian Free Church in Dalmeny Street, there was lots to be happy about in 1981. Not only had they celebrated Christmas on December 25, but they were due to do so again in line with their native country’s tradition in late January.

An angelic scene from Carrick Knowe Primary in 1962

An angelic scene from Carrick Knowe Primary in 1962

Lydia and Maria Lestuik at the Ukrainian Free Church

Lydia and Maria Lestuik at the Ukrainian Free Church

Juniper Green Primary's nativity play in 1968

Juniper Green Primary's nativity play in 1968