He only had one job, make sure the lamb gets into the scene just before the singing starts. Everything else in the nativity scene including the large angel statue was made years ago, but this year live animals were being added to spark interest in the children.
The lamb, being the solitary animal sitting by the manger was Joe’s responsibility. He managed to have the lamb lay down while hiding himself behind a hay bale. It was only after the choir began singing “Silent Night” that the donkey started braying loudly. The parishioners started giggling and the entire seriousness of the situation disappeared.