Mary and Joseph were heading for the stage, along with a beatific baby Jesus. Crowding in were shepherds, their flocks, wise men, a gaggle of giggling angels -- and a traffic report.
"Oh, dear, we're just getting word that a cart has overturned at Main Street and Palestine Avenue," said Mikala, a "traffic reporter" played on stage at St. Peter's Episcopal Church's Christmas pageant by 9-year-old Brooke Hamm. "So beware of a backup in that area."
It was a Christmas pageant with a modern twist -- a morning talk show with anchors who interview the angel Gabriel and the donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem. The wise men give weather reports, and commercial breaks offer a Donkey Wash and a Find It Fast navigating halter for camels.