WE can all learn much from Christmas shows.

Pantomimes often include the good and bad in people and have a happy ending and, although life isn’t always like that, it can be.

There are social themes about caring for the vulnerable and how we can shape our own and others’ destinies by the positive things we do.

Bolton has a current wealth of festive shows that entertain but gently offer life lessons. It’s a simple way that children learn – and a brilliant way to cheer up everyone. Start with the Octagon’s A Christmas Carol for all-round fun and positive influence.