H 45° L 43°
Clear | 5MPH

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

» Updated week eight rankings of area prep football teams and players 10/9

» New Berlin seeks policy for taxing units promoting development 10/5

» Fees shoot up for New Berlin recreation swim lessons, pool classes 10/5

» Sport Shorts: Oct. 8, 2015 10/5

» New Berlin sets hearing on proposed zero-increase property tax budget 10/5

» Muskego-Norway official sees benefits from evidence-based leadership 10/5

» Milwaukee suburbs trick-or-treat times 2015 10/5

» New Berlin West wins first tennis title since 1986 10/5

» New Berlin Eisenhower swimming team takes down crosstown rival 10/5

» New Berlin West boys soccer team beats Wilmot in final game of own tourney 10/5

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football? 10/1

» No speakers at New Berlin schools' hearing on $5.1 million borrowing 9/30

» New Berlin Food Pantry to receive $10,000 from Hormel plant 9/29

» Sport Shorts: Oct. 1, 2015 9/28

» Many parks improvements make it into proposed 2016 Muskego budget 9/28

» New Berlin CDA approves accessible housing grant program 9/28

» New Berlin Eisenhower swimming team wins Woodland Conference Relays 9/28

» Parking lot paving starting any time at New Berlin's Valley View Park 9/28

» Muskego to hire city attorney in effort to consolidate legal services 9/28

» Jordan Canady, Eisenhower football win battle of New Berlin with ease 9/26

» 3 charged in suburban burglary string targeting flat screen TVs 9/25

» 2 right lanes of NB I-43 reopen after crash at Calhoun Road Updated:  9/25

» Muskego Police Department needs drive plan for new station, city hall 9/24

» New Berlin section 35 neighbors speak out against proposed use changes 9/21

» New Berlin West football team drops heartbreaker to Pewaukee 9/21

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss



Local Business Directory