Forget rampant consumerism, groaning dining tables and family rows – today’s pictures capture the true essence of Christmas.
Today and tomorrow we revisit some nativity plays performed by schools in the Portsmouth area.
There’s been some controversy this year that the traditional school nativity play has been under pressure to modernise and some were even renamed ‘winter celebrations’.
Some parents have reported that rather than simply casting Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise men and a donkey, there are parts for aliens, punk fairies, Elvis Presley, footballers, a lobster and a drunken spaceman.
And, believe it or not, Christmas carols have been replaced with Christmas-themed pop songs, report some parents.
But these pictures remind us of the nativity plays most of us remember with fondness.