Went to the best ever holiday show yesterday – at Center School in Mattapoissett. December Nights! December Lights! 3rdgrade was on stage. 1stand 2ndgraders flanked them on ground floor bleachers.

Whenever a loved one is in a show my eyes are riveted. Oh! Right! There’s other stuff going on up there. Then I have to forcibly peel my sights away to take in the show surroundings until my vision comes to rest comfortably once again on the one I know and love. I watched a comfortably social kid participating happily, singing, moving and speaking (a couple solo lines!) with strength and confidence. Pretty cool!

Oh! And the show…it covered four December celebrations. It’s funny – I always associate December across the world as being the emergence out of darkness toward light – but of course that’s only in one hemisphere.

Through song, spoken word, and dance the Center School Cast told us about Latin America and Spain’s Las Posadas; the Jewish festival of lights, Hanukkah; Kwanzaa, a celebration honoring African heritage in African-American culture; and Christmas, celebrating the birth of Christian love.

We had the best seats in the house!