“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” Tom Peters
Today is our yearly Christmas concert. It is a difficult time of the year for the students and teachers because everyone spends hours sitting “somewhat” quietly in the auditorium between scenes. Students get a load of commands barked at them within the few minutes they are on and off the stage. “Quiet!” “Sing Loudly!” “Quit laughing with your friend!” “Smile!” “Walk softly!” “Stop running!” “No hitting!”
Is it worth all of the time and effort, and for what reasons do we celebrate? Yes, it’s worthwhile, and here are a few of my reasons for celebration.
Children learn when they perform: Each time children perform, they gain confidence for future endeavors. Putting a child on stage helps build the whole child. I’ve seen some brilliant adults who were never taught to perform. The result is an awkward presenter, with an even more awkward audience. That’s one reason I love to put children on a stage.
Parents see the culmination of the learning: The Christmas celebration at school allows children to express themselves in a different way than normal. Some students who are unable to show their talent on a written test, might shine on the stage. When parents get a chance to see the whole picture of their child, including their abilities in the arts, they can better understand how to help prepare them for the future.
The reason for the celebration is important: Ultimately, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who spent His first hours in a simple stable. It was not the usual arrival of a king, but that is the way of God’s kingdom. Shepherds celebrated his birth, and that lowly birth allows us to celebrate life.
As you prepare for Christmas day, remember why you are celebrating. Watching performances, completing Christmas shopping, and spending time with your family and friends can all be celebrations. May His gift of life shine through you as you move through each day of the season! It’s time to celebrate life!