At this time of year young children all over Britain are busy practicing for their school Christmas play. The plays are performed for their parents and usually include costumes, songs and poems.
Traditional Christmas plays tell the story of the birth of Jesus and how shepherds and wise men followed a bright start to visit him. Some lucky children are chosen to act as Mary and Joseph (the parents of Jesus) and the other children are shepherds, wise men, donkeys, trees and stars, depending on the size of the school class.
These days the plays are often much less traditional. They may tell a completely different story and have no religious content at all. They may also include current pop songs and modern costumes. Some people feed sad that the plays have changed. Others feel that the plays needed to change to reflect that Britain is a multi-cultural society.