It's the 2,000-year-old tale chronicling the birth of Jesus - played out each year by young school children.

The Daily Echo has put together a picture special capturing the magical moments from this year's nativity plays in infant and primary schools across Southampton and Hampshire.

Daily Echo: Early Years children at Stroud School gave a wonderful performance of The Twinkly Nativity whilst

Whether it's the school's version of the traditional tale, or perhaps a festive stage show or even a panto, parents have loved seeing their young stars of the stage in action. 

We asked teachers to send us pictures of their young charges all ready for their Christmas performances and here are the lovely results. 

Daily Echo: Children from Year R at St John the Baptist CE Primary School in Waltham Chase ahead of their

They were all published in our special nativity supplement in paper on the final day of the school winter term last week. 

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