Thursday, December 17, 2009

Photo of the Day: Day 16

Yesterday was Caleb's school Christmas program. They combined a well-known Venezuelan folktale about called "How Uncle Rabbit Tricked Uncle Tiger," with the story of the birth of Jesus. The gist of the story was that Rabbit and Tiger each came to the idea that they wanted to give Baby Jesus the most special gift. Not surprisingly, they had independently decided to give Him the same gift, a beautiful choir singing His praises. After arguing about whose idea it was to give the gift of a choir or which choir was better, they eventually decided to combine their choirs and give a unified gift. The only remaining problem was who would lead the choir since it wasn't fair for just Tiger of just Rabbit to have the honor. Luckily, the Venezuelan national bird, the Turpial, came the rescue and Baby Jesus was beautifully serenaded by all the animals. At the end of the program, they school let go a bunch of balloons attached to letters addressed to Baby Jesus describing what each child wanted Him to bring them for Christmas. No laws regarding separation of Church and State in this country.

the stage
El Turpial to the rescue
Caleb and Daddy at the end of the performance
a few days before the students all made hallacas (Venezuelan
tamales) to serve after the Christmas program
letters flying up to Jesus

8 comments:

Annie said...

Priceless. Thanks for the show by proxy. (Those shirtsleeves are looking mighty good to me about now. And the sunshine.)

stephanie said...

How wonderful!

Ilene said...

Does The LIttle Drummer Boy make an appearance too?

Living in Idaho, the word "Christmas" is used freely around school. It is a change from where we lived in Oregon where government buildings couldn't even have "holiday trees" on their premises.

Lauren in GA said...

I am very happy that you can enjoy religious celebrations openly.

We have, "winter break" not Christmas Break...It makes me sad.

diane said...

I love the letters to Jesus. Why use Santa as the middle man when you can go right to the top. I would love to read those letters.

Heidiram said...

Wow. We don't send our letters to Jesus until January 6. We borrowed that tradition from our friends from D.F. that invited us over to their house a couple years ago to celebrate Dia de los Reyes Magos.

Sebastian said...

Baby Jesus also delivers toys on Christmas Eve to children in the Czech Republic. Pretty busy for a baby.

calibosmom said...

I LOVE it!!!

 

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