When was the first time your little one was cast in a Christmas Concert? How did it go? Do you think back on it fondly? Or hope it had never happened?
We recently attended #JasperBean’s Christmas Concert and like the previous year, we (me and S) were very excited! We practised Jingle Bells and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star until we could sing no more. I even brought materials to make his outfit instead of buying the bog standard supermarket Christmas outfits. Our little star was promoted from a sheep last year to a star this year! We basically couldn’t wait for our little one to sing his heart out, but again, we should have known, that it wouldn’t go according to plan.
So, what do I think went wrong?
- They are far too young. #JasperBean’s group was between the ages of 1-3 years old and keeping this age group in control was impossible.
- Not all kids enjoy nursery, so if this was their day off. Suddenly being told they’re going to nursery is probably not going to go down too well.
- There were far too many adults in the room. There was at least a 2 to 3 adult to 1 child ratio. If I was that little kid in the front, with a room full of strange big people staring at me. I would be petrifield.
- The room was far too small for the amount of people it was holding. It was crowded, hot and basically if you came on time, you couldnt get a seat or see anything at the front.
- Parents/carers were not given any instructions. So they did whatever they wanted. That being said, I’ll be fair and say they just wanted to get a glimpse of their child and take that perfect photo. However, that probably scared the kids even more! One child starts screaming and they all decide to join in like a choir.
- And when their child screams, all hell breaks out. No rule sticks anymore and they would climb over anyone to get to their child to make sure they’re ok.
Still, It’s ok! And Thank You!
None of these are the child’s fault and I really felt so sorry for the nursery carers/workers there. They were hot/flustered and running out of ways to deal with screaming children and hot and agitated parents/carers. This was a recipe for disaster but every year they are optimistic and try to put on a good show. Hats off to them for trying. So the best way to deal with this was to speed through the program and get everyone out! This is by no means a moany post, but a thank you to nursery’s up and down the country who try so hard to put on brave faces for us at this busy time of year. Although it didn’t go according to plan, we thank you for all your effort. You are very brave indeed!
We also enjoyed making the outfit :), practicise singing songs of praise and learning more about Jesus.
So next year, if there is another Christmas concert or Nativity show, regardless of how good or bad it will be. We will be there. Just like any other milestones, we’ll be there supporting our little one, whether he’s crying or smiling.
Thanks for reading and until next time…
Love, MsMamaBean x
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