How delighted I was to run across this photo at work recently which said "Drama of the Ages, 1931." That would make most of these kids around 80, if not older, and I suppose some of them are no longer living. But talk about tradition! The founder of my school, though the school is not a religious one, had a pageant each year which she wrote and added to year after year called "Drama of the Ages." I have heard so many delightful--and upsetting stories--from the alumni over the years, but mostly delightful. The part that was hard is that being in the Drama was mandatory in the old days even if you weren't Christian. Needless to say, the Drama of the Ages ceased production when the founders retired in the early 1960s, and now technically speaking, to keep PC, the children no longer see mention of Christmas--per se. The high school students still have a huge tree in the rotunda, which ultimately goes to a local homeless shelter, and Santa and Mrs. Clause still come for the little children on the last day before "Holiday Break," but we do have parents who protest even those two symbols.
My school does have an active diversity learning program so the kids are exposed to many beliefs, which is a good thing. I have such mixed emotions about taking Christ out of Christmas--not so much because I'm such a huge believer in Jesus as savior, but because Christ is technically the reason for the season. By the way, we are not so PC that there are no religious carols when the choruses put on their Winter Concert. But, the concerts are laced with music from all traditions and from secularism as well.
I'll definitely go see a children's Christmas pageant at one of the local churches, however, and I love hearing the old stories about the Drama of the Ages. Heck, I used to love being in them when I was a kid.