Looking like a chrèche come to life, St. Robert Bellarmine kindergarten students Monday reenacted the nativity story, part of the Catholic school's annual Advent season celebration.
The performance, "Once Upon a Christmas," interspersed with religious and secular songs, drew dozens of parents and grandparents to the school's auditorium.
"We look forward to this every year," Principal June Rosena said.
Two dozen children, and a handful of good-humored parents, dressed as shepherds, angels and wise men, as well as Mary and Joseph, to retell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.
It was a performance that will be staged repeatedly at schools and churches around the world as Christians prepare for Christmas Day, which they recognize as Christ's birthday.
At St. Robert Bellarmine, the Christmas show is a 10-year tradition. Led by kindergarten teachers Wyomi Fernando and Debbie Mariscal, students and parents spend weeks rehearsing lines and preparing costumes, including a pair of spotlight-stealing shaggy white coats and caps worn by the "sheep."