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This Five-Year-Old Spent Most of Her Nativity Play Flipping Off the Audience

To her credit, she found a way to make the nativity story funny.


You’d be forgiven for thinking that Ella Legge hates Christmas. The five-year-old girl, who lives in Essex in southeast England, spent the entirety of her school’s nativity play flipping off the audience. So metal! But alas, there’s actually a perfectly innocent explanation for her actions.

Ella, who was playing an angel in the production, had recently had a hangnail on one of her middle fingers, something that she apparently wanted her teachers, classmates, and their families to know about. So naturally, she spent at least 20 minutes of the 30-minute performance waving her middle fingers at her mom.

That mom, Carla Bovingdon, was mortified and tried to mouth instructions to her daughter to put her hands down, to no avail.

“She likes to let me know if she’s at all injured, so she was basically trying to show me what she had done from across the room…Then she put both her fingers up because she was trying to compare to see if both fingers were hurt.”

Once she moved past the embarrassment and futility of getting her daughter to stop, Bovingdon was able to see the humor in the situation.

“It was so funny because she didn’t realize what she was doing,” she said.

Some of the older kids and teaching assistants were also amused, but for her part Ella still doesn’t get the joke.

“She wanted to say thank you to everyone for liking her picture, but then she said, ‘I don’t know what’s funny though.’ She doesn’t get what the joke is. She just thinks she looks cute, but doesn’t know why we’re all laughing which is quite funny.”