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How does your nativity role affect your future?

How does your nativity role affect your future?

Published at 2:58pm 8th November 2019.

What your part in the nativity play says about you

  • Children who played Oxen in the school nativity play earn an average pof £34,000 a year as adults
  • Grown up Marys are most likely to be happy with their life.
  • If you were one of the Three Kings you probably work in construction, repair or maintenance.

Whether we were the bottom half of the donkey costume or landed the starring role of Joseph, the school nativity play was a rite of passage for many of us; but the role we played might say more about us than first thought...

According to a study by Virgin Media, commissioned to celebrate their Christmas Stars competition, there’s a direct correlation between the role you play as a child in the nativity and your career, salary, interests and even your number of friends.

The poll found Brits who played the ox now earn a cool £43,000 a year (average), more than TWICE as much as those who played a lamb or sheep (on average £20,000).

 

Nativity play, Pixabay

 

Those who starred as Mary are most likely to have the biggest social media following, a staggering 1,503, in contrast to those who played a shepherd - a humble 638 followers on average. “Marys” are also the most likely to be truly content in their adult life, with 92% of those who played the main part saying they are now happy with their lot, and are most likely to enjoy Yoga and find their zen, while “Josephs” come in second place (91%). “Josephs” are also likely to have a high number of social media followers and end up in finance or banking.

Former angels are most likely to end up in a modest role within the healthcare industry, earning an average of 25k. However, the Angel Gabriel will earn almost double, a 40k salary on average and have a whopping 1,297 followers.

Adults who were narrators in their school nativity are disproportionately likely to go on to work in education - perhaps because of their early start in explaining matters. And, if your child is playing one of the three wise men, they will most likely end up working in construction and enjoy gaming, according to the poll.

Memories of the nativity run deep, with 22% of Brits saying that their role made them feel proud, one in five saying that it gave them confidence from a young age and 7% said that starring in the play changed their life. However, 9% said missing out on a role was so painful that they never acted again. And almost half of parents (48%) say they’re desperate for their child to have a big role in their Christmas play.

We caught up with TV's Stephen Mulhern - who is fronting Virgin Media's Christmas Stars competition, giving primary schools the chance to have their festive play televised to the nation - narrated in person by Stephen.

 

 

The full list includes:

Mary
1,504 social media friends
Most likely to work in: Retail
Earns: £39k (average)
Other traits (strong social circle, extrovert, does yoga)
Most likely to be content in life (92 percent)

Joseph
1,233 social media friends
Most likely to work in: Finance/ banking
Earns: £38k (average)
Other traits (enjoys shopping, has a goof social life, has a good sense of humour)
Chance of being content (91 percent)

Angel Gabriel
1,297 social media friends
Most likely to work in: Marketing and communications
Earns: £40k (average)
Other traits (likes to exercise, reads the most books (over three a month)
Chance of being content (83 percent)

Inn Keeper
1,104 social media friends
Most likely to work in: Manual labour industry, e.g. plumbing
Earns: £37k
Other traits (Plays chess, enjoys puzzles)
Chance of being content (89 percent)

Angel
772 social media friends
Most likely to work in: Healthcare
Earns: £25k
Other traits (optimistic, likes puzzles and going to the cinema)
Chance of being content (87 percent)

Shepherd
638 social media friends
Most likely to work in: IT
Earns: £29k (average)
Other traits (enjoys going to the cinema, likes to exercise)
Chance of being content (84 percent)

One of the Three Kings
603 social media friends
Most likely to work in: Construction, repair and maintenance
Earns: £26k (average)
Other traits (enjoys gaming, most likely to enjoy birdwatching)
Chance of being content (85 percent)

Ox
1,155 social media friends
Most likely to work in: Advertising
Earns the most out of all roles: £43k
Other traits (likes to be the center of attention, does amateur dramatics, most likely to be a
pessimist)
Chance of being content (88 percent)

Lamb
538 social media friends
Most likely to work in: Healthcare
Earns the least out of all roles: £20k
Other traits (Enjoys yoga, most likely to be introverted)
Chance of being content (83 percent)

Donkey
574 social media friends
Most likely to work in: IT
Earns: £25k (average)
Other traits (Likes to garden, has a good social life, enjoys doing puzzles)
Chance of being content (90 percent)

Narrator
408 social media friends
Most likely to work in: Education
Earns: £24k
Other traits (likes horse-riding, enjoys shopping)
Chance of being content (89 percent)

 

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