The practice of reenacting the first Christmas dates back to Saint Francis, in 1223. He included live animals in his Nativity scene. We include Angelo the Donkey in ours.
The annual WHF Christmas Pageant is a costume drama. Children play the roles of angels, shepherds and magi. Whichever family has the newest baby is asked to play Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
We sing together and read the stories of Jesus' birth.