Friday evening Julia's school choir was invited to participate at Christmas on the Bayou. It is a celebration that marks the beginning of the Christmas season. There were several choirs there to sing and activities for the children. Julia, as you can see was excited.
The evenings activities started by welcoming Papa Noel. He came down the river in his pirogue lined in lights. All the children stood next to the rivers edge and so did the news crew(?). I couldn't help but wonder if Papa Noel was at little afraid of embarrassing himself by falling out of the little boat.
He made it fine and all the children followed him over to the stage where he met the mayor and Boudreaux the Cajun and his pet. I have to tell you that I was not impressed. This was the first time we had attended this event. Sorry if I sound like the Grinch. But it was so silly.
Afterwards we all went over to the stage and listened to the school sing. Thus far there had been no mention of the real meaning of Christmas. As the school started singing I waited to hear some of the traditional Christmas songs. The longer I waited the more upset I got. All the songs were about what the children wanted and about Santa. I got just a tad upset. There was even a song for Kwanzaa -but nothing about the baby Jesus, Bethlehem or even angels. I asked Julia afterward why they didn't sing any of those songs and she said they could not because last year the school got in trouble for singing them.
Grrrrrrrrr! I was not aware of this. It is amazing how little bit by little bit- the few are being allowed to quieten us.
I would never call Christmas X-Mas. But this event was void of any mention of Christ.
It made me mad and then terribly sad.
I guess I could see how a child who does not go to church, and who's parents do not care about the true meaning of Christmas might be able to grow up
and not even know about Baby Jesus at all.
Let's make sure we tell our Children about the world trying to take Christ out of Christmas.
And let's make sure in the rush of the season that we remember why we have this season in the first place.
Thank you for listening to my vent. ;)
HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON