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As the Christmas Season closes in on the big day, people are busy getting their last-minute holiday preparations together. As we return to a semblance of normalcy in most of the country (pray for the people in New York, Philadelphia, and California that still have COVID restrictions) it is great to see people out and about celebrating the season. As people shop for gifts, there seems to be a newfound reminder that friends and family are the real presents that we have in our life. It is almost like that Jesus guy knew what he was doing when he said love is the greatest gift.
While you are celebrating your season, there is something that a lot of people are missing out on this year. Remember, for the last two years, school students who take part in the band, theater, chorus, and other non-sports activities have not been able to participate in their extracurricular activities. These students put hours of practice time in each day but did not get to showcase their ability. Now as the hypocritical curtain across the United States falls, these kids get to go back to their lives and have the lives they have been denied these last two years.
On Friday, December 17th, I had the opportunity to go see the Glendale Grade School band and choirs perform their Christmas concert. These students and faculty have had a two-year hiatus from being able to show off the amazing skills they have. With two years building up to a return, this amazing concert was not a disappointment. From choral arrangements to band performances to soloists, these students from 3rd to 6th grade reminded us of the wonderment that comes when students can show their skills.
The choral director, Mr. Putorek, and the band director, Mr. Dobo, chose amazing arrangements that met with the skills of the soloists, singers, and musicians. The band started off the show with an excellent and inspiring rendition of the “Little Drummer Boy.” This was followed by the 3rd grade students expertly performing “Rudolph” (soloists VM, AS, and BG), “When Christmas Comes to Town” (soloist BP), “Jolly Old St. Nick” (soloists EF & AH), “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (soloists WK, DW, CS, & AG) and “Jingle Bells.” The 4th grade class followed this with a great performance of “Run, Run, Rudolph” (soloists OL and AP), “Grandma Got Run Over by A Reindeer” (soloists JD &AM), “Suzy Snowflake” (soloists LS, PS, CH, & SG), and “Deck the Halls.” Impressive renditions of “Silent Night,” done in three languages (soloist AO), “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (Soloist BS & ES), “Hardrock, Coco & Joe” (soloist RM), “I’m So Thrilled About Christmas” (Soloist AF), and “Mary, Did You Know?” (Soloist CG, AO, & HA) followed preformed by the 5th graders. The show concluded with an inspiring set by the 6th-graders including “Frosty The Snowman,” “Nothing for Christmas” (soloists LA & CS), “When Santa Gets Your Letter” (soloists GL and VP), and “The Best Gift of All” (soloists LD, KW, LZ, &CK).
This amazing concert really brings back the world that we lost two years of to a disease that could have been avoided. These students showcasing their gifts remind us of the promise of a better world in the future. These songs came from the heart and warmed the heart of this reviewer. So if you get the chance (and you didn’t miss them), get out and support your local schools for their holiday programs. Christmas comes only once a year, but memories like these can keep it in your heart all through the year.
Dr. Christopher Smithmyer is a writer for NRN, the Vice President of International Affairs at Brav Online Conflict Management, and an Adjunct Professor of MBA Business at Doane University. He is also part of the founding team at BlackWalletLTD, one of the leaders in stable coin 2.0 ecosystem maintenance. Dr. Smithmyer’s focus is international business and finance, along with reviews of board games, weapons platforms, and survival items.