In the movie Elf, Will Ferrell states, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” The third grade students of Woodlake Elementary School will certainly be doing their best to “spread Christmas cheer” as they perform for St. Tammany Parish’s “Holiday of Lights” celebration this evening.
For this performance, the students will be speaking poems, playing hand bells, and singing holiday tunes. While some of the songs will be familiar Christmas carols, others will be new. The students are definitely excited about performing their funky, new favorite, “Turn Off That Nose”.
Since my students attend music once a week for forty minutes, Christmas arrived very early as I began teaching the music for this performance in October. While many may scoff at beginning to sing Christmas tunes before Halloween, I don’t mind. I love the music just as much as my students. Each time the students sing, “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”, I recall singing it when I was in the fourth grade on the stage of the Alabama Theater in Birmingham, Al.
As we have been putting the finishing touches on our songs this week, I have been anticipating the effect this performance will have on my students. Just like my childhood experience, I know that it will leave a lasting impression on their hearts and minds. The students will forever remember the excitement and joy of singing to “spread Christmas cheer”. They will also be able to witness the incredible impact our songs will have on the community. In his beloved tune, Meredith Willson wrote, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; soon the bells will start.” As my little carolers sing and ring their bells, I know that we will touch the hearts of the people of St. Tammany Parish.