December 7: Children’s Musical
Holiday concerts have been a part of my Christmas celebration since I was in pre-school. Singing familiar carols while standing on the risers (and trying very hard not to wiggle) was the norm in elementary school. We would either dress in our finest Sunday clothes, or perhaps a white angel costume with a silver garland halo to match. We knew Christmas was the most wonderful time of the year… and our smiling faces and projecting voices expressed that excitement.
Once we reached high school, however, we were “too cool” to crack a smile while singing. In fact, we barely opened out mouths, and truth be told, probably spent more time flirting with the tenors than focusing on the performance. By this time I had joined the band as a flutist, and so had double the musical pleasure. I loved it, however, even though I kept that excitement hidden from public display.
All three children followed in my footsteps – taking part in their first church musical while still toddlers, and continuing a musical career throughout high school. Some were a little more animated on stage than others (we will never forget my son’s “hula” dance in kindergarten in front of the entire congregation) – but all shared and received great joy through singing.
We are now continuing this tradition with the next generation. Tonight my three-year-old granddaughter participated in the children’s program at church. She was a bit intimated walking onto the platform, hundreds of eyes staring from the pews below… but then she caught a glimpse of her “Olly” with the camera, and the jitters gave way to smiles – and a wonderful performance.