Stettler Elementary School finished its annual series of holiday concerts with four performances last week by the Grade 1 and 2 students, presenting a program called “Christmas Is My Favourite Time of Year.”
The classes presented the program on Tuesday, Dec. 16 and Wednesday, Dec. 17, with afternoon and evening shows at the Performing Arts Centre.
The program, led by music instructor Beth Lines, featured a mixture of songs and spoken-word performances that were well received by audiences.
Principal Sharon Fischer said she was highly impressed by the programs, especially the sections in which groups sang two songs in unison, creating a unique, harmonious sound.
“I’m very, very pleased with the work that’s been done with these students,” Fischer told the audience.
“For six- and seven-year-olds, I just think it’s phenomenal.”
During the program, the students sang and spoke about their favourite parts of the holiday season, from decorating the tree and leaving milk and cookies for Santa to opening presents on Christmas morning.
They told of looking forward to finding an iPad mini, a new doll or Ninja Turtles under the tree, and the fuzzy slippers Grandma gives each year.
The students donned elf hats to sing “We’re Getting Ready for Christmas” and recited the poem “Christmas Dog” by Shel Silverstein.
For “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” some students played xylophones and tambourines, while others danced with streamers, making for a colourful display.
The program concluded with “Away in a Manger” — with students dressed as Mary and Joseph, standing at the manager with the infant Jesus — and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”