We’ve begun the season I knew I didn’t want to miss when we drove away: children’s Christmas programs. Our grandchildren will be performing in several, beginning this week and we’re excited to attend. I know Ben and Bailey have been practicing hard for their first band concert and if their practice sessions at home are an indication, we may be spared the awkward attempts of some first-year reed instruments. Bailey’s clarinet and Ben’s bells have a more polished sound than lots of those we’ve been subjected to over the years. This first concert should be interesting. I’m also looking forward to Jadelyn’s school program and their church play. Maybe we’ll even get pictures to share. I wish we could also hear Alma’s choir performances in Georgia, but maybe she’ll have one in the spring that we can attend. Her dad sent us a phone message of a concert a year or so ago, but it’s not the same as seeing it in person.
But first, tonight was the church program at Northridge Friends, our home church. The title was “A Not-so-silent Silent Night” and it was very good. All the children behaved and did their parts, whether sheep or donkey or angel, very well. The story line was a judge, bailiff, prosecutor and defense attorney trying a certain group of shepherds, dressed in cowboy shirts and jeans, for disturbing the peace. The show was very nearly stolen by a 6-year-old kindergartener in a cowboy hat. One day he may star in a remake of Forrest Gump. His answers usually contained “My mama says” with a cowboy twang and he was a real hoot, especially since most of the speakers were older children.
Christmas is all about the children, anyway, in my opinion, and for the child in all of us. Christ came as a baby in a manger and He asks us to have childlike faith, believe and accept Him as Lord of our lives. That’s the reason for the season, after all. May we all remember that this year.