Friday, December 19, 2008
Christmas Around the world...
Last night, Hanna's school held their "Christmas Around the World". The kindergartners sang Jingle Bells, and Jolly Old St. Nicholas first, followed by two songs by each grade 1st-3rd. When the classes were done performing their songs, they had a "Christmas Around the World" festival in the corridors of the school. I'm not sure how many "stations" there were, as we left after the 4th. The kids were given a "passport" to start, and each country they got a stamp, and made a craft. It was a good idea, however, the execution left a lot to be desired. They wouldn't allow you to start at either end, you had to start at the beginning, which meant all those kids were trying to move from to each station, at about the same speed, and each station was "manned" by only one mother and helper.
It was pure chaos! I hope they rethink their concept next year.
It's actually humorous the way John and I approached it. In the beginning, it was more than I could deal with. Parents pushing their way through the crowd, complete disregard for other children around them. That made me nuts! When it was over, and we were in the hallways, John was having a fit.. too much chaos. By then, I'd simmered down.. although he did motion to me to come wait with him against the wall, and let the kids "do their thing" without me. Sometimes, it's hard to give up that control, and just 'let it be'. The kids had a great time, and that's all that matters. Daniel still doesn't understand that the stocking ornament, although it looks like a cookie, is NOT TO EAT!