This could be the most beautiful nativity you will see this Christmas .
There are just a couple of days to go until the big day and even though you are rushing around buying or wrapping the last minute gifts for your loved ones or doing some food preparation, take a couple of minutes to sit down and watch this absolutely heartwarming film (grab the tissues as well).
Created by the talented individuals at Shooting Star Chase (SSC) children's hospices, this real-life nativity takes viewers on a journey not only through the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of baby Jesus, but also offers an insight into the incredible work the charity does, 365 days a year.
So as you grab a pew and take a moment to watch the film, think of the children, families and staff who will be spending their Christmas at SSC and why not donate to help give the children and their families a festive season to remember.
This year's tale is narrated by Ruby-May from Chertsey or her sister, Evie, who has a life-limiting condition, which is undiagnosed. Evie and her family are supported by SSC.
It features Mary and Joseph, en route to the stable on real-life donkeys. In the video, young Joseph cuddles his newborn baby Jesus, planting a tender kiss on his forehead as Mary watches on.
There are angels and of course the Three Kings, while smiling shepherds play the guitar.
Starring in a nativity play is a rite of passage for children, as they take on their roles, whether it's the Angel Gabriel, the donkey or one of the Three Kings.
Don't forget the smaller parts too, like Stable Animal 1 or being the chorus - every character matters to make the show a success.
Christmas is a time to create special memories with your loved ones, from baking a cake, to making paper chains or visiting Father Christmas in his grotto.
Families supported by the children's hospice charity are no different, but creating special memories is tough when your child has a serious illness.
Tragically, for the families the charity supports, this Christmas could be the last they have together.
This year more than 65 children cared for by SSC. Sadly, that means more than one baby, child or young person every week.
Giving everyone a Christmas to remember is so important to SSC staff.
Sick children of all ages and abilities will enjoy a number of parties during the festive season and take part in wheelchair-accessible ice skating trips.
Every child plus their brothers and sisters will get a little present from Father Christmas too.
First class care will continue to be given in families' homes and in the hospices, to give parents and their children a much-needed break.
This year they have worked hard to create this incredibly memorable nativity film.
Two-year-old Adnan, from Kingsbury , featured in the 2015 SSC nativity video and stars as a shepherd in this year's film.
He was diagnosed with Mucolipidosis type 2 at just a few weeks old. His condition causes severe developmental delay and bone abnormalities.
He benefits from regular short breaks and day care at the charity's Hampton-based hospice, Shooting Star House.
His mother Zainab said: “The hospice is like a second home to us and the staff are always amazing.
"Adnan gets one-to-one care, which I know he wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else, and they love him like he’s their own.
"Christmas is a special time for us. Adnan’s condition is life-limiting and the average life expectancy is anything between three and seven years old, so we cherish every moment with him – and the hospice do everything they can to create special festive memories for us as a family.
“Last Christmas I was watching a children’s nativity on TV and it dawned on me that I’d never see Adnan perform in anything like that. I just broke down, I was so upset. "
The shining star
She added: "The very next day I got a DVD in the post from Shooting Star Chase and it was a nativity play they had filmed, and Adnan was in it.
"He played a shining star and I was so overwhelmed that they thought to do that - it made my Christmas.
“Shooting Star Chase is amazing because they give my family a Christmas to remember.
"They help us make the most of the time we have with Adnan and they give us the opportunity to do things we usually wouldn’t be able to do.”
You can watch the Shooting Star Chase 2016 nativity at the top of this page - and check out their 12 days of Christmas too .
Show your support by texting SSCH25 £5 to 70070 or visit shootingstarchase.org.uk .
How your money helps to give children and their families a Christmas to remember:
- £20 could buy a present for a child at Christmas
- £35 could pay for a family, including children in wheelchairs and buggies, to enjoy a magical ice skating session
- £70 could pay for a Christmas themed arts and crafts session at one of the hospices
- £120 could pay for the production of a nativity play
- £250 could pay for the entertainment at a Christmas party
- £2,000 could pay for a family’s complete care and special memories during a short break at one of the SSC hospices this Christmas
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