From Angel Gabriel to donkey, a new study suggests that the role a child plays in their school nativity is a possible indicator of their future salary.
As the festive season dawns and parts in school nativities are being cast across the country, UK telecommunications giant, Virgin Media, has released a study suggesting that those roles we played as children might have had a real impact on where we are today.
The survey asked some basic questions about the participants lives, centering around: occupation, money, family and friends, social media and, of course, in which role they graced the stage during their school Christmas production.
There were some interesting results. Earning the big bucks is not all about being front and centre. It's the hard-working, reliable oxen that take the top spot. Making an average of £43,000 ( $81,800), a child ox is the most likely of their classmates to be an ad exec, to dabble in amateur drama and to have a pessimistic outlook on life.
Mary, Joseph and Gabriel are the next highest earners, bringing home £39K ($74,200), £38K, ($72,300) and £40K ($76,100) respectively. Mary and Joseph are most likely to be confident and content in their adult lives. 91 per cent of men and 92 per cent of women surveyed, who, as children, took one of the two leading roles, stated they are now happy.
Marys are social butterflies, with the highest social media follower count of any nativity role. The mothers of Christ are also the most likely to identify as extroverts. The survey also suggested that they were the likely to take on customer facing roles and to work in retail.
The study also concluded that children who played Joseph are likely to grow up to be well-liked and good-humoured men who work in banking and finance. Their angel co-stars, Gabriel, are more cerebral adults - working in communications and marking, and reading more than three books per month.
Smaller parts also shed light on the future professions of their actors, says Virgin Media. Inn Keeps are often labourers, making the fifth highest average salary of the study, at £37,000 ($70,400).
Lambs are more likely to work in healthcare, donkeys in IT and narrators, fittingly, often go on to be teachers. Shepards are prone to enjoying a trip to the movies, while taking the small stage as one of the Three Wise Men suggests that you may enjoy bird watching.
So, this Christmas, when you're sitting down to watch your children perform their school nativity, just know you could also possibly be watching their futures unfolding before them.