VIDEO: Pre-schoolers brawl over baby Jesus during Nativity pageant

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WHITE PINE, Tenn. (KXAN) — It’s never a good sign when one of your Nativity scene characters puts someone in a headlock — even if both are in pre-school.

A 2-year-old girl playing a sheep decided the baby Jesus doll in a church Christmas pageant in White Pine, Tennessee was hers, as seen in video taken Sunday by Tara Benson and obtained by NBC News.

Mary wasn’t having it, and after a brief scuffle, the 3-year-old playing Jesus’ mother put the sheep in a headlock.

A couple panda-looking cows looked on worriedly as the battle over baby Jesus escalated. Joseph, apprehensive at first, seemed on the verge of intervening when Mary tried to bury the sheep’s face in the manger.

Gauging the amount of laughter from the parents at the church outside Knoxville, the “brawl” may have been the highlight of their holiday season.

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