Yes, you're reading that correctly--the world "Christmas" is prominent in the title. Making matters worse (at least if you're a bed-wetting, hand-wringing, left-wing idiot) was the playlist:
- "Christmas Music for Winds"
- "Coventry Carol"
- "The Water is Wide"
- A singalong consisting of "Hark! Herald The Angels Sing", "O Come All Ye Faithful", Deck the Halls", "Silent Night", "The First Noel", Joy to the World" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
- "Melt the Winter to Spring"
- "Carol of the Bells"
- "All the Starry Band"
- "Mary, Did You Know"
- "Hallelujah Chorus"
I'm sure you'll notice that a few of the selections have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, but as the band/chorus director (it's a small school) says, "There's no rule in the band manual that says all the music in a Christmas concert has to be holiday music."
However, the vast majority of the selections are all about Christmas, and rightfully so. We live in a small town in the (occupied) South, we're predominately Christian and we're celebrating...
It was really great to see white, black and hispanic students, singing and playing music that celebrates the season we're jointly celebrating. It was even better to see a good turnout of parents, family, faculty and staff for the concert, especially on the evening of a day that had been dominated by ice, sleet and freezing rain.
My thanks and gratitude to everyone who was there, and Merry Christmas!