NOW:53146:USA01489
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01489
81°
H 81° L 57°
Partly Cloudy | 12MPH

St. Leonard Christmas Concert

Dec. 22, 2011

‘Tis the season! For shopping, wrapping, cooking, and eating. It is also the season for children’s Christmas concerts. During what can easily turn into a hectic time of year, these concerts, while cute, can sometimes seem like nothing more than a quick photo-op and an event simply to be checked off of a very long to-do list.

While attending the annual St. Leonard Christmas Concert this year, we were treated to the sight of young children dressed in their holiday attire and the familiar sounds of the season. Friends and family listened proudly as students played solo instrumentals and applauded the group performance of the bands. The audience was entertained with festive choral numbers such as, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” We were serenaded with touching renditions of “White Christmas” and “Away in a Manger.” It was a lovely concert that made us feel merry and bright.

What made this event more than “just another Christmas concert,” however, was the finale. Every St. Leonard student in grades K4-8, came together in the front of the church, and in one voice, began to sing of an important Christmas message – one of hope, love and peace. The song choice was interesting, as it was not a typical Christmas tune. And yet, it was the perfect melody for the message conveyed. A group of over 200 children stood in front of us and sang Michael Jackson’s, “Heal the World.” It was as if these youngsters, knowing that one day they would be all grown-up, faced with the responsibilities of family, community, finances, politics and foreign relations, were singing to the adults.

They were asking us to please, “make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race.” Through song they were reminding us that there are those in our world, our nation and our own neighborhoods who are suffering, and if we cared enough, we could make life better – for someone. Through the gift of charity, time, or service, we could share with others the true spirit of Christmas. We could give a gift that was truly from the heart. It was a powerful message that urged us to forget about all of the hustle and bustle and to refocus on what Christmas is really all about. ‘Tis the season.

Photo courtesy of: Kathy Kohl

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Muskego explores a request for finance help to redevelop the former Parkland Mall Updated:  7/31

» New Berlin woman charged with embezzling from neurosurgery practice 7/30

» Muskego Common Council reopens one boat launch, keeps two more open 7/30

» 'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale Updated:  7/28

» Eisenhower baseball team had 'successful' year, Vahovick says 7/27

» Area baseball teams eschewing hand signals for quarterback-style numbers game 7/27

» New Berlin West's Radtke commits to Lake Superior State 7/27

» Big Muskego Lake officials may request grant for stonewort fight 7/24

» Residents say dam on creek in Muskego is 'jewel' and to leave it alone 7/23

» The Suburban 16 Power Rankings: Watt, Niebrugge, and others on the next level 7/22

» Initial Reaction Podcast: A dumb-sports-fan's guide to the Bucks arena financing situation 7/21

» New Berlin West's Fritz tosses 3-hitter but drops 2-1 decision to West Allis Hale 7/20

» Whitnall walks away with 8-7 win over Eisenhower in extra innings 7/20

» DNR to hold information meetings on starry stonewort 7/20

» Whitnall baseball team uses big fifth inning to stun Muskego in regional title contest 7/17

» Greenfield's Bella Matthias headlines the 2015 All-Suburban Softball Team 7/16

» 'Lake killer' over-reaction to starry stonewort, Michigan expert says 7/16

» Big Muskego Lake officials fear there's an absence of effective stonewort controls 7/15

» Hale nips New Berlin West, 2-1, in regional opener 7/14

» Wind Lake residents worry as starry stonewort found on their doorstep 7/14

» Walker announces presidential run in Waukesha among hometown Wauwatosa supporters 7/13

» Eisenhower baseball team goes 3-0 in Woodland consolation bracket 7/13

» New Berlin West only wins once in Woodland championship bracket 7/13

» Indian Motorcycle dealership opening in Muskego 7/10

» Invasive algae more widespread than thought in area lakes 7/10

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT    

Advertisement