December 10, 2010

Truly a holiday concert

Danielle's school had a holiday concert last night. Just a holiday concert...not a Christmas concert, Hanukkah concert, Kwanzaa concert or a La Posada concert. Traditional holiday songs were celebrated at this holiday concert and it was beautiful.

It's strange to hear the controversy in the US with people getting upset when the word Christmas is eliminated from celebrations, parades and cards and replaced with the word Holidays  instead. Here in Canada, we don't see it as much of an issue. In fact, we celebrate the fact that our kids are being exposed to so many traditions and no one seems to freak out if Jesus isn't mentioned...the same way they don't freak out if He is mentioned. The whole argument is diluted anyway with Santa and the commercialization of Christmas, I mean the holidays.

The school rented part of St. Joseph's oratory which is a beautiful building. So, this concert was held in a Catholic building when a large percentage of her school is Jewish. I didn't hear about any complaints. It was so nice to hear songs about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or Christmas in Mexico. They sang about Jesus and they sang about Santa...oh and winter too. It was a great way to get into the spirit of the season. The concert was for the entire school which means kindergarten through grade 11. No one complained about the religious undertones and I truly enjoyed the Hanukkah songs. But my absolute favorite had to be Feliz Navidad.

While Danielle's music department may not be what it was in her old school district, I have to say, it was so impressive. Well done.

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