Today was a “grandchildren” day. We picked up the three youngest and took them to school this morning and picked them up at school this afternoon. But in the middle, we attended the K-4 Christmas program at Sedgwick Elementary School.
Twice each year, the K-4 music teacher, John Vinroe, writes a script and presents a program in which each class has a part. This year, the Christmas theme was “A Bonanza Christmas”. The story line was about a western town called Bonanza which was held under the thumb of a bunch of thugs, Billy Bob Finches and the Grinches. Billy Bob had never received the toy train he wanted as a child and so didn’t want Christmas celebrated in “his” town. There were to be no trees, no songs, and no toys. The 3rd graders were the inhabitants of Bonanza and they sang a song called “Achy Breaky Christmas”. Even the non-country music fans in the crowd recognized the original song on that one, thanks to Billy Ray Cyrus! The Grinches were tricked into leaving town (they won a trip to Las Vegas in a rigged game of Family Feud) and while they were gone, the Bonanzans celebrated Christmas anyway. Our kindergarten granddaughter, Jadelyn, was a cactus (on the right, second row). Since the Grinches had cut down all the trees, they decorated the cacti. (We’ve spent enough time in the desert to know that there were probably precious few trees to cut down, anyway!)
One amazing aspect of this program is that even though it is a public school, each year the real reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ our savior, has a part, with no apology. We praise God that it can continue!
We only have one more program remaining while we’re here. The church Heidi and Tim attend goes all out for the children’s Christmas play and we’ll attend that on Sunday night the 19th. The college age granddaughters will both be here for that and we’ll have Christmas with them after the program, then they’ll be on their way out of town the first of the week. I love family celebrations! I wish Robert and Alma could be here, as well, but maybe another year.