Every year, our church puts on a simple little Christmas pageant. It is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season – there isn’t too much pressure on the kids, and everyone gets a good laugh out of any mayhem that occurs due to the smaller members of the cast being toddlers, and thus not very good at following instructions. Last year, Elvie was too little to participate, so she dressed in a white dress, like a tiny angel, and we watched her big sister from the audience. This year, she got to participate, as a bona fide member of the angel cast, and it was…okay, it was hilarious. We put her in her smaller brace system that we use for breaks during the day, and it made it much easier for her to be near the other angels, but also to get into mischief. A lot of our photos from the day are a bit blurry due to low light, but we don’t mind; they will serve as a reminder of Elvie’s very first Christmas pageant, and how fun it was for all of us. Please enjoy Elvie’s debut as a mischievous angel.
Elvie's First Christmas Pageant
She was thrilled to get to do what the big kids were doing.
She started out paying attention.
Her big sister, Zinashi, had a line to say, and Elvie was ready to hear it. She was also checking out all the stuff on the stage that isn’t usually there. The calm lasted for thirty seconds, at least.
Pretty soon she was making faces.
She caught on to the fact that people liked it when she was being goofy, so she just got goofier.
And then she was bored.
Christmas pageant? What Christmas pageant? Elvie wants to know if she can unscrew the lightbulb from her fake plastic candle.
Why face front when you can look at the action?
It didn’t take long for Elvie to realize that the audience was kind of boring, while there were interesting things going on right behind her.
If they'd taken the group photo immediately, it would have been perfect.
Look at Elvie, standing and looking at the camera! Unfortunately, the rest of the cast was not ready.
She's outta here!
If you want a good photo of a toddler, you have approximately 2.5 seconds to take it. This was taken at 2.75 seconds after she posed.
Elvie was clearly proud of her performance.
She waved and grinned from my arms and acted like she was the star of the show. Maybe she was.
Two beautiful sister angels
I think what Elvie liked best about being an angel is that she got to be the same thing as her big sister.
So excited about her candy reward
The director of the play bought a variety of candy for the cast, and Elvie was thrilled to get to choose some from the basket.
Now for the true challenge of her debut
Getting the candy box open before someone took it from her!
One last photo before it was all over for the year
With her gigantic box of candy stowed away for later and the feeling of naptime sleepiness coming on, Elvie posed for one last photo. Her Christmas pageant debut was a success!