Chestnuts Roasting, or Going and Telling?

By Nate Jones, Elementary Music

Every year, FCS puts on our Christmas Spectacular Concerts. FCS as a whole has five “Christmas Spectacular” concerts each year:  two preschool concerts (East and West), two elementary concerts, and a Junior High/High School Concert.

I’ve been given the great opportunity to lead our Elementary Christmas Spectaculars. They’re such a fun way for me to lead our elementary students in worship of our Savior. As I look for music, I see all kinds of songs for the holidays. From “The Christmas Song” to “Grandma got run over by a reindeer,” there are numerous fun options for Christmas music.

Focus on Christ through Worship

But I think it’s crucial that every song that we choose for our Christmas concert be focused on Christ. After all, He’s the reason why our school exists in the first place. We’re here to partner with our parents in teaching children to be like Christ.

In my mind, a Christ-like child is a worshiping child. If we are going to prepare our children to go out into the world and be a witness for their savior, we need to teach them who that savior is–why he came—how he came. Without a firm grasp on these basic, yet essential, truths about the Christmas story, how can we expect them to share it?

Favorite Songs

One of our first grader’s favorite songs this year is “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”  It’s an upbeat reminder to them that one of the most unique opportunities at Christmas is that people are so open to hear about Jesus. The fourth through sixth graders are singing a similar song titled, “Light of the World.” There’s nothing better than helping our students to know that they have a solemn responsibility to share the great knowledge of their savior who was born as a baby—just to save them from their sin.

In Their Own Words

Here is what some of our sixth graders think about our Christmas concerts in their own words:

“I think performing in front of people is important because even if later in life you don’t become a singer, you will always have to present things to people.” – Stephen

“I like our Christmas music because it reminds me a lot about Jesus and why He was born” – Chantz

“Performing is important because it helps you get used to speaking/singing in front of people” – Taylor

“I’m excited about this year’s performance… I get to perform with my friends.” Andrew

We’d love for everyone to come out on Thursday, December 19th, at 6:30 PM for the lower elementary and 7:40 PM for the upper elementary concert, and worship our savior with us. If you aren’t able to come in person, check out the livestream recording on our website.

Dawn Oliver
Dawn is an Administrative Assistant at Faith Christian School.