Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Christmas (Program) Story



Colton's Christmas program was at the church today. He is officially on Christmas Vacation - lucky little kid. It was a great concert, filled with all the stuff you'd expect when you try to herd about 45 3- & 4-year-olds on a stage.


They got all the 3-year-olds lined up, and then the 4's marched in. One little boy, oblivious of the line, didn't follow behind the kids already arranged, but marched right in front of them - then had to scoot them all out of the way as he made his way up the steps to the back of the stage where he was supposed to stand.


The stage was still set up from our Christmas drama last weekend, so it was beautiful with garland, trees, and a manger scene in one corner. One little guy, every time a song or verse mentioned Jesus born in a manger, turned and pointed to the manger - you can imagine how many times this might happen in a Christmas concert . . .


Some kids sang loud, some sang VERY loud, and some didn't seem to know the words or want to sing at all. Maybe they had practiced them so often the last couple weeks, they were just no longer interesting.


One little cutie kept stomping his feet for emphasis on various songs. "Happy Birthday to You" STOMP - "Happy Birthday to You' STOMP - "Happy Birthday Dear Jesus" STOMP, STOMP - "Happy Birthday to you!" STOMP! There was a song in which the children actually were suppose to stomp to the beat - I think that little guys' mom was relieved that some choreographed stomping actually occurred, instead of the seemingly random stomps she had seen up to this point ;-) Many of the parents around her were trying to be comforting by saying things like "There always has to be one each year, doesn't there?" and "He is soooooo cute!" or even "Jim, videotape that kid - what a hoot!" I felt a little sorry for her - I don't think she found it as funny as they did.


All the kids were dressed in the Christmas finest - many girls had beautiful dresses on - you could tell they all felt special. One of the boys must not have liked his Christmas sweater very much - he tried to take it off during the performance! It was interesting seeing the incredulous looks on his parents' faces as he showed off his belly to the crowd, until his teacher helped him get things back in line.


They got to hold some jingle bells, and use them for different songs - Colton loved this part! You could see the gleam in his eye when the teachers were passing them out. He didn't want to put them down when the jingly songs were over, and was all smiles again when they picked them back up for the finale. I'm fairly certain rhythm instruments are somewhere in our future.

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It was great fun - Mrs. Swedburg and her crew did a fabulous job herding that many children onto a stage and getting them to actually sing some fun songs. We ended the program with cookies in the gym - just in case the kids weren't excited enough and maybe needed some sugar.
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Oh yeah, in case I forget to mention - the boy that marched down the front, then parted the Red Sea on the stage to get to his correct spot?? Yeah, that was mine.
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And the boy who turned and pointed to the manger the 6 or 7 or 111 times it was mentioned in the program? You guessed it - mine.
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The "not remembering the words" or maybe just not caring and not singing? -Mine

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The stomper? -Also mine. And, believe me folks, the comments of all the well-intentioned parents around us were not necessarily helpful. Stuff like that is only cute when it is not your child!!!

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I'm sure you're starting to see a pattern here - but the stripping off the sweater child? Yep, you're right on track here - that was mine. And yes, I did put on a t-shirt under it so it wouldn't be itchy - apparently that only added to the extreme hotness that he experienced on the stage, which led to the need to try and remove some layers.

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As for the bells - well, that was just good, plain fun. He was totally in his element by that point, participating and having a great time. His parents had yet to recover from the earlier episodes, however, and didn't enjoy the good part nearly as much as they should have. Thank the Lord for video cameras - not only will we get to go back and watch the good parts without embarrassment, but we'll have some great blackmail when he's 17.

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Colton - I love you so much! You were fantastic - 100% you, and proud of it! Can't wait until the end-of-the-year program - who knows what you'll come up with when you're 5????

2 comments:

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Oh Heather...I think he's darling. Does that help? I loved every last thing he did and "Jim, get the video this kid's a hoot" was very, very funny.

Anonymous said...

I am in tears. Tears from laughing. I too have been in your shoes for the same reasons. Mine is named Colin and he is 4 as well. I love him dearly! I love reading your blogs and I am so glad I got to meet you at DJs Scrappin Retreat this year. Signed, Michelle Miller (new-comer in the corner)