Dressed as Santa, Head of School Dr. Don Davis introduced this year’s Festival of Christmas event. Once again, students, faculty and staff got creative, worked together and made the most of this unusual year by sharing the Christmas spirit virtually. The annual Festival of Christmas concert is always a special event, and through a collaboration of the arts, Second Baptist School choirs, bands, honors theatre, visual art students and fourth grade handbell students shared the peace and joy of the season.
Choir students dressed in festive attire, Christmas lights sparkled throughout the Worship Center and joyful music filled the air. A fun highlight of the concert was the freshman choir’s playful introductory song, the theme from the movie Elf with a surprise kazoo section! Musical classics featured in the concert transported viewers to Christmases past with nostalgia and delight. New takes on old classics, such as the band’s “Hark! The Herald Angels Rock,” kicked it up a notch. Fourth grade handbell students showcased a practiced performance; the ringing of Christmas bells was truly enchanting.
Upper school visual art students showcased their best work as part of the video, demonstrating all the artistic talent SBS has to offer. Beautiful paintings, a unique stop-motion digital media project and stirring self portraits graced the screen throughout the show. Honors Theatre students, dressed in holiday pajamas, delivered a dramatic reading of The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Make sure you watch this with your children if you are a fan of this classic Christmas children’s tale!
For the finale, the choirs combined together for a stunning performance of Peace, Peace, with Silent Night. This moving rendition of Silent Night resounds with these lyrics, “This is a time for joy. This is a time for love. Let us all sing together of peace on earth.” As the voices crescendoed, peace filled the space, even through the video replay. With the joyful sounds and sights of the season, the events of 2020 melted away, and focus returned to what is most important - the love of God given to us through Christ.
Director of Arts Cindy Blades echoed these sentiments, saying, “For many of us, this worshipful tradition begins our Christmas season. Especially during this challenging year, we are thankful for this group of teachers and Second Baptist Church media team, who went above and beyond, using their talents to encourage our students to perform for the glory of our Savior.” She concludes, “We are so blessed by our students and their families as we take the time to celebrate the birth of Christ through art, song, music and theatre.”