Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat...Being a peripatetic teacher (as opposed to a "pathetic" teacher...), I'm in the envious position of hearing every Christmas carol and every Christmas play in over 12 schools - boy, that's some mean feat! But once you've heard one Away in a Manger you've heard them all - trust me... I've lost count of the number of baby Jesuses I've seen...
I have a wonderful array of turkeys and pilgrims that I intended to use for your pleasure, but time has slipped me by. So the turkey has had a reprieve and Thanksgiving will have to wait for this year - don't worry, being British we don't "do" Thanksgiving, so I'm not missing out on one of the biggies...I've dived straight into Christmas!
I found a wonderful little book by Nicholas Allan. "Jesus' Christmas Party" is a hilarious take on the first Christmas told through the point of view of the innkeeper who just wants a good night's sleep. I love it so much that I've turned it into a Nativity Play with a difference for you. This is great if you want to touch on the religious side of things, but don't want to dwell on it too much. The play is written in simple language that is easy to learn (I know time is of the essence now, and many of you will already have this sorted) and very funny (the jokes can be adapted to fit your local references).