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!


Kim Lahaie Day said...

Hi Suzanne,

Sorry you had such a tough time at Hanna's school event! I can just picture John and you standing against the wall in frustration and in safety!

Be careful how much you say to the organizers or you'll end up on the Committee next year!

Have you had anymore visitors at your door since last Wednesday?? Just wondering how that will play out.....

Love and hugs,


Suzanne Chappell said...
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Suzanne Chappell said...

Hi Kim,
I know I painted a frustrated picture of our evening at the school, but it wasn't that bad. I'm just not a big crowd person. Once we realized we were best served against the wall, it worked out!

I think if I were to make comments to the organizers, they'd peg me as a "trouble maker". I've already sent an email to the principal and PFA president regarding the school store, and the fact that Hanna was wooed to buy a $1 highlighter on lolli-pop day; the priority that day, was supposed to be the lolli-pops! Long story!

I have not had anymore "visitors". I'm kind of holding my breath, waiting for the other shoe to fall on that one. I too am wonder how it will play out. I prayed heavily on it in church this morning, especially at the communion rail, hoping I haven't been to judgemental, in an unchristian way. I struggle with this so often; how to handle it. The nightmares had just about stopped, and now it's all stirred up again. I just don't know what to do, Kim.