These days, nativity plays can seem seriously far removed from the events that they're supposed to re-enact. But it's not just cultural changes that are playing havoc with the integrity of the traditional nativity play – Health & Safety also has a lot to answer for.
Kids involved in a nativity play in Wales have been told they'll have to wear helmets if they wish to perform their roles.
Wales Online reports:
Children taking part in a nativity in Neath are being told they will have to wear helmets because of health and safety fears.
This year’s Bridge Church children’s nativity will see Mary – representing The Bridge Church – and Joseph – representing Bethel Elim Church – riding into town on two donkeys on Saturday, December 9.
But the pair will be sporting an addition to the tale of Christmas, after organisers were told the kids needed to wear hard hats to not breach tough council rules.
I can't see any appropriate response to this beyond the snort of laughter I had to suppress when I first read about it. I get it, of course I do, and it makes sense that council officials have to tow the line when it comes to safeguarding community members. No-one wants to think of Mary or Joseph having to be carted off to hospital before the baby Jesus has even put in an appearance, on account of taking a tumble off a donkey.
But it is a bit bonkers, isn't it? We'd like to hear your thoughts on this story. If your child were taking part in a nativity and had to wear a helmet to comply with Health & Safety laws, would you see the funny side? Or do think it's a case of beaurocracy gone mad, and that exceptions should be made for something as special as a nativity play?
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