This adorable village church nativity video will never get old
19 December 2019, 16:10
A young choral enthusiast, starring in her school nativity play, delights audiences around the world with her enthusiastic singing. You know it’s Christmas when this gem comes back around.
It’s nearly Christmas, which means it’s time to bring out this perennially hilarious nativity video.
Filmed in 1996 at a church nativity, the video reliably surfaces every Christmas, bringing joy and laughter to the Internet and embarrassment to its young star.
The clip, which has more than 2 million views on YouTube, shows a wee tot so overcome with the spirit of Christmas that she decides to let it out for the whole village hall to hear.
The young choral enthusiast rages her way through ‘The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy’, forgetting most of the words but adding a glorious, fortissimo descant over the top.
Apparently, she was told by her mum before the performance to “sing up so Mummy can hear you at the back”. She really takes the instruction quite literally...
Since the video was posted over 20 years ago (by the girl’s sister, it turns out), the young star has now been identified as 27-year-old law graduate Ellie Sergeant.
She has since described the video as “three minutes of embarrassment” but has said she hopes it will spread festive cheer.
Ellie told Femail: “Mum was really the instigator of the whole disaster that was my nativity play, as she sat right at the back and asked for me to sing as loudly as possible.
“The ever obedient (and slightly oblivious) daughter, I complied with her request and sang my heart out.
“I was also completely oblivious to the fact that I was singing over everyone else and that all the parents in the church were passing round tissues as they were crying with laughter.”
Her sister, Hannah, added: “I hope this makes you laugh as much as it has for my family over the years.”