Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope that everyone has been enjoying the start of the Christmas vacation sipping hot cocoa, looking at lights, but most importantly celebrating our Savior’s birth.This week was filled with the bustle of the preparations for our Christmas program. Though we did other things like continuing working on our zookeeping project, most of our energy was spent on Christmas activities. In case you missed it, here are pictures of the children during the dress rehearsal and the performance.
This year, we teamed up with kindergarten to perform our song. Fourth grade were the shepherds while kindergarten were the sheep. Since the entire nativity story took place in the mind of Evan as he was reading the story from the Bible, the imagining of the various characters was not exactly a typical representation. The children came out dressed as traditional shepherds, but then suddenly they became really cool as they surprised the audience with shades. And whoa! And then they started rapping. They brought down the house.
They sang about wanting to go and tell the good news of what they had seen of the Jesus’s birth based on what the angels had announced to them.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shown round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherd’s said one to another, Let us go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manager. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. …And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Here are the images from the actual performance.
I was really proud of the children and all the hard work they put in to be able to share with so many people Jesus’ love. They truly showed faithfulness as we practiced and practiced and practiced and even practiced some more. Of course these are my favorite pictures before the actual performance.
As a reward for their hard work, the next day was school-wide pajama day. It was a day filled with treats, hot cocoa, movies, and arts and crafts. For much of the day, we spent with fifth and sixth grade. We started the festivities by going around to the entire school and caroling with traditional carols. All the younger students loved seeing their older friends come a’caroling.
The rest of the day was spent listening to a story, doing crafts, eating treats, and having silliness with selfies.
And so we all left the joy of school, tired but happy, ready for a long winter’s nap. But I heard them exclaim as they all drove out of sight, “Merry Christmas to all! And to all a great break!”