We marked the last school day of 2008 with lots of holiday singing. "Must Be Santa" and "Jingle Bells" are probably our best numbers.
I also like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as long as its last verse—penned by surf singer Jack Johnson—is included. It goes like this:
The end of the song everyone knows goes like this,
All of the other reindeer
laughed and shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You'll go down in history!
The song's last verse, as I sing it, speaks to the name-calling and exclusion that goes on in the beginning of the song. Jack Johnson's lyric gives Rudolph the last word:
Well, Rudolph he didn't go for that,
He said, 'I'm tired of your silly games.
How can you look me in the face
When only yesterday you called me names?'
Well, all of the other reindeer, man,
They sure did feel ashamed.
They said, 'Rudolph we're really sorry.
We're really going to try to change.'"
We got a visit from Santa Claus. Santa asked the kindergartners what they wanted for Christmas. I wonder if it's unusual for five year olds to ask for shot guns (real ones) and motorcycles (real ones)? Any Santas out there want to chime in?
When I was five years old, I wanted a metal Tonka dump truck. If it had a tilting bed so it could actually dump out some dirt, I'd be thrilled. I feel very lucky to have grown up in simpler times.
At the end of the day our fifth grade buddies stopped by to help us decorate holiday cookies.
The cookies, supplemented by tangerines and juice, served as snack.