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Pic of the week: Christmas brings out the child in us

It's a picture that sums up the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of a baby and the innocence of children.

With great gusto and determination, little Hannah McMorris and Keegan McLean sing their hearts out as they take on the lead roles of Mary and Joseph in Lisnagelvin Primary School's annual nativity. While Hannah cradles a doll dressed in a babygrow, Keegan clutches onto a shepherd's crook in this modern day twist to the greatest story ever told.

The photograph of this re-telling of the birth of Jesus was taken by Belfast Telegraph photographer Martin McKeown and is the perfect antidote to the hype and commercialism that surrounds Christmas.

The picture brings home the real significance of Christmas and puts children at its core.

The school nativity has become a rite of passage and a tradition for parents and children around the world. The subject of stage plays, musicals and movies, it is also one of the highlights in the school calendar, giving every child a chance to participate in the production. For parents, it's a source of great pride, watching their little one twinkle as a tinfoil star or with a mass of cotton wool for a beard.

Indeed, it's the forgotten lines, the missed cues and the blank stares that add to the innocence and charm of the school nativity.

And for those rushing around, stressing about shopping or the cost of Christmas, this display of childhood wonderment is a timely reminder that at the heart of the festive season, there's still an important story to tell.

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