John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Around the World

Last night was Samuel's school Christmas program.  It was held in Norton Auditorium  here at UNA. I used to dance in dance recitals and programs at Norton and now I attend work meetings there and so I loved the fact that Samuel would be singing on that HUGE stage! 

The program was entitled "Christmas Around the World".  Santa, an elf, and three little girls who  waited up on Santa to come, "visited" several different countries. Each grade (K-6) represented a different country. They were as follows:

Kindergarten--United States
First Grade--Mexico
Second Grade--Israel and the Jewish Nation
Third Grade--Germany
Fourth Grade--Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, and Norway)
Fifth Grade--Southern Europe (France, Italy, and Spain)
Sixth Grade--Great Britain (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales)

Each child was supposed to dress like someone you would find in the country that their class was assigned. They sang traditional songs from each country and talked about what they did during Christmas time there. They were all so precious. They all smiled and participated and were genuinely enjoying putting on a show for their parents and other family members. 

We were lucky! We got the United States. I say lucky because it is obviously the easiest to dress for because we already have most things we would need. I have to say, not only are the children at Kilby talented, but so are their parents. The costumes and outfits were wonderful! 

There were several soloists and at one point I leaned over and whispered to John, "This isn't your run of the mill cat killing contest that you usually hear at kid's programs". Seriously. These kids sang so beautifully. One little girl just brought tears to my eyes. I am certain her mother was so proud. As all of us were of all of our children.

Some children had speaking parts...Samuel was one of them! We rehearsed it over and over and over. When it was his turn, without any hesitation, he popped right up to his place and spoke loudly and clearly into the microphone and told us all, "My favorite Christmas tradition is leaving milk and cookies for Santa". I was so proud. I was that mom. Yep, I was a clapping, smiling, waving, crazy lady! My heart soared that he could get up in front of that whole room and speak so clearly that we  could all understand him and that he had the confidence to do so. Way to go, Sam! I am so proud of that little boy!

During the last song, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, the audience was asked to we did! Samuel must really love that song. We could literally hear his little voice over others. When it came to the part about bringing some figgy pudding... he made up his own words. He began singing (loudly) "Oh bring us piggy pudding!" "Oh bring us some piggy pudding"! Too cute. 

They took a bow and headed off the stage. I could NOT wait to get to my little cutie pie. 

After the play we went to Ricebox with my parents for dinner. We had to cut that short though because we promised Sam a trip to the Dollar Tree with THREE WHOLE DOLLARS. We went in and he made his special purchases and on home we went. 

It was a great, fun evening. I had a great time watching him and all the other kids. Mrs. McCalister, the music teacher, did a GREAT job teaching our kids and you could tell by the look on her face how much she really loves them and what she does. It was very enjoyable and I look forward to more programs with Kilby for years to come.

Before the play

During the finale number with all the kids from Kilby. Beau int he sweater and antlers is Samuel's "best friend" in Kindergarten.

Singing loud and proud!


We thought he was going to do the splits but he just jumped around a little instead.

Samuel during his speaking part

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