Now when it comes to the annual Nativity play where would it be without the animals?
That was the question asked by the Carlisle Christmas Spectacular production team.
This year they've decided to do it differently by using real animals in the starring roles.
Today the team held auditions at Walby Farm Park.
Here's the full report from Andy Burn.
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Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heaviest in west
Emma Jesson brings you Sunday night's forecast
The Met Office have issued a yellow "Be Aware" warning of heavy rain for the region which is valid from 3pm Sunday until 3pm Monday