Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Christmas Program

Well, we planned and practiced and prepared and practiced some more. We were ready for the program. In fact, I had never felt so good about a program prior to the actual program itself. On the Friday prior to the program, things seemed to be falling into place nicely. The children seem to improve each year. The first year that I did a children's Christmas program, the children memorized their lines, but did not interpret them. There were a minimum number of songs, but they did fairly well on them. This year, the children interpreted their lines beautifully -- without much prompting from me at all. We learned, I think, 10 songs, complete with harmony on several of them, and the children did a superb job!

Here they are waiting to go in. Don't they look excited?
Each year, several of the small children dress as animals. Usually, one of my own children ends up being the black sheep. Derek had his turn this year!
Meagan, Lauren, and Derek were in this little group of children. Meagan is the top right angel. Lauren and Derek are the first children on the top and bottom row to Meagan's left (your right).

One of the songs of the older children was entitled "The Perfect Ten," referring to the 10 commandments. The idea of the program Angels Aware was that the angels were having a meeting with Michael (our star). In that meeting he told how God had decided to go to earth to save his people from dying in their sins. He chose to go as a baby so that we could all have the ability to feel close to him. They laid the stage for man's need of a Saviour through showing how Moses and the prophets all unsuccessfuly tried to show man how to live close to God, but he didn't listen to them. I had to change some of the words of "The Perfect Ten" to be more biblical, but it went off quite well!

This is Elisabeth's last year in the program as she goes into 7th grade next year. There were not very many girl's speaking parts, so I created a solo part for Elisabeth and her friend. They did such a beautiful job. I have included a video of part of Elisabeth's solo, but it really doesn't do justice to how well she really did sound. Every time I heard her singing into the microphone, I got all choked up. God has been so good to this momma!

We were so busy leading up to the programs -- after all, we had 45 angel costumes to make! :) But, it is always worth it in the end. If you are family or friends and would like me to get a copy of the program to you, just let me know. They videotaped the entire thing!


  1. Hi Amanda,

    This is Ruth Morrissey.

    I just wanted to post a comment to let you know that I've been reading your blog over the past week or two and really enjoying it. :-)

    You have shared a lot of good thoughts, and I like hearing about your family along with the pictures you've included.

    I look forward to reading more in the future. :-)

  2. Ruth,

    Thank you for commenting. It's nice to see who's reading!

    Have a great day,

  3. Are you home?

    So glad to see pictures of the program. Can't wait to see it on video!

    Give all the kids a big hug from Aunt Tracy.

    Oh, and I LOVE the new background/theme on your blog. Yellow roses are my all time favorite! Yours too?

    Miss you.

  4. Yes, Tracy, we're home now. We arrived early afternoon Monday. Yellow roses and also peach roses with a burgundy edge are my favorites. I have looked at my blog about 20 times today just because I think it's so pretty!

    I miss you, too. Praying for you and baby a lot lately.

    Love, Amanda

  5. Couldn't get the singing video to play last night, but did this a.m. So precious!!

  6. Elizabeth has a beautiful voice. You certainly have something to be proud of!!


  7. Amanda,

    I'd love to have a copy of the video. It was wonderful hearing Elisabeth singing. We love you. Glad you're home safely.

    DAD Vest


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