Last night we had the pleasure of attending the first of many of our children's Christmas programs. Jack was the only lucky one that got to participate, but two years from now both boys will be up there and Elise will follow the year after that.
Some kids really got into the performance. Jack? Not so much.
There was one song he didn't sing at all!
Wes was going to be sure he didn't miss any of Jack's
performance (yep - those are binoculars he's holding up).
After attending only one of these programs, I now understand that children's Christmas programs are really only for the parents and grandparents. Of course I thought it was fantastic, but I'm not so naive to believe that a non-related party would have enjoyed much more than the few moments of comic relief. You know, those inevitable mishaps that end up being the highlight of the show. Things like:
One of the main characters telling the audience that the whole evening could be summed up in one verse: John 3:16 and 17 (um...I thought he said one?)
Or when that same character tells us that "God so loved the world that He gave His only forgotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Or perhaps Joseph's (you know someone has to be dressed like Joseph) headress comes down so low over his eyes that he has to tilt his head way back to peak out from below.
Things like that...
Perhaps my favoite element of the evening, however, was the book of letters that was sent home with all the parents that the students had written to the "characters" in the Christmas story. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
Were you happy when you had Jesus? Are you happy now? I am happy now.
Was it cold when you were born? I'm glad you came. I am happy your name is Jesus.
Do you like to fly?
I hope you are having a fun time in heaven. Was it cool in the manger?
Is it itchy sleeping in hay?
Were you born on Christmas? Where do you live? Are you a human? Do you have teeth? Is there gravity where you live?
P.S. I live on Earth.
Was it scary with a pregnant wife?
Dear Wise Men,
Do you have an X-Box 360?