Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Christmas Sing

This is our assistant principal doing his Master of Ceremonies duty. The Christmas Sing is a tradition where the whole school (1000+) gathers in the gym to sing together. We don't invite the parents, because there is no room for the parents. Each grade performs one song for the other grades and then we all sing a few songs together. It's a nice activity for that last day of school before the big winter vacation.

Some of Santa's Helpers happen to have day jobs at our school. They are sweepers, aides, and duty guards (aka "Life Guards" on the playground as they are called by the children--totally appropriate moniker if you ask me). They were decked out in Christmas gear for the sing, strolling around, eyeing the children carefully to see which list on which they should write their names.

What would the Christmas Sing be without a couple of Special Visitors stopping by to greet the children? Santa and Mrs. Claus try to get around and greet the children, but sometimes they just can't help themselves...they start dancing in the middle of things.

Mrs. Claus is my FAVORITE! I especially love the way she does her makeup and jams on the holly accessories. Mrs. Claus is the best.

At the end of the sing, our principal SANG A SOLO! He sang Blue Christmas and none of us could even believe it because he has never done anything like this before! Great job!


  1. We have the parents come in the morning. David started that his 2nd year! It's the pits!!! The parents sit around or stand around and TALK...TALK...TALK!!! We WAIT and Wait for our turn! Last year, David had to stop the program, and tell the noisy parents to leave (and take noisy kids with them!) About 1/4 to 1/2 of parents then check their kids out...thinking we don't do anything! Then the kids, or parents, have the nerve to ask if I have a gift for their child! I tell them Santa doesn't come till after the afternoon sing! Oh...for the good old days!

  2. Even though the parents aren't invited,several show up, but they are limited because the 1000+ kids get to be in the gym no matter what.

  3. Jody,
    Loved the photos - especially of the red and white socks, and the dancing Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Looks like a lot of fun. Reminded me of singing "Silent Night" at West when I was in like 1st grade!


  4. You remember singing Silent Night in first grade? I have no such memory. I remember not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day in first grade (nobody in MY family mentioned anything or looked out for me) and getting teased and pinched!