Level Two. Community Festivity.
By Michelle Lloyd.
It was that season and RV could not help but think of his spotlight performance. At school an announcement had been made and everybody was talking about the fact that they would be holding a Christmas show. It would be an evening for parents to see their offspring performing in a play called My Christmas Love.
The teacher had stipulated that the play should be about something that meant Christmas Love to them. It could be something that they loved to do, or see or experience at Christmas time. The class had been put into several groups. Little Herbert had found it difficult to think of anything other than toys. It was no secret that Little Herbert loved toys. His Father owned a toy shop. When asked about Christmas by the teacher everyone knew that Little Herbert would think TOYS.
Christmas Love, for New One’s other friend R V, meant holidays. Lovely, long School holidays and with his baby brother who kept them all on the go practically every moment of the day, holidays seemed like the loveliest thing on his mind!
It was that with Little Herbert on one side of New One thinking all about toys and R V on the other believing that their idea should be all about a Christmas holiday, it was difficult to know exactly what to do.
New One had thought long and hard about it. It was when New One closed his eyes that he knew what he loved the most and it was not something that people would instantly think of as linked to Christmas. He told his idea to his two friends because in his heart he knew that it would be something that they loved too. It was an idea that to New One signified a truly meant Christmas Love.
The hard work soon started and the class was well and truly into Christmas show time. Parents were notified of costumes to make and New One’s class had been part of the preparation, the lines had been written and learnt, rehearsal after rehearsal had been attended. Gathering pace, the time was all too soon coming for when New One would have to take his position on the stage and it all seemed so real.
As the show became an actual event to New One, he started to think about how he would ask his parents something extremely important. Without it they would not be able to have the star of the show.
On the evening of the show, New One’s parents were a bit tired out from the journey to the school. It had been a difficult task getting what New One wanted into the car, it had been even more of a problem to get everything sorted at the School but now that it was all done, they sat anxiously in the audience and as the performing began they looked at each other with a worried look. The class went on one by one with the idea that meant Christmas Love for them and all too soon it was near to the end of the show and time for New One to get on stage.
The teacher announced him, parents cheered and New One took to the stage. He was a bit quiet as he started but then as he saw the encouraging smiles he grew in confidence. New One started to say in a voice loud enough to be heard by all the parents, even the ones at the back…
My Christmas Love
is not about games, toys or sweets,
not the things you might first think of as a Christmas treat.
You see we had a visit before Christmas and there was scratching at our back door,
she loves to play with me, to sleep next to me and we go out lots to explore.
We did not know we were going to have her,
she has long ears, a long tail and fur.
She has helped us get our Christmas tree and write the Christmas cards,
she signed them with her paw you see otherwise she would find printing her name hard.
For me at Christmas I have learned that having her in our life is really good,
she is my friend for life and much better than any Christmas pud.
My Christmas Love is all about her you see,
we did not know we were going to have her but she means Christmas Love to me.
There was a few minutes of cheering from parents as New One finished his Christmas speech and then from out of the Christmas tree burst the object of New One’s Christmas Love. Parents laughed as a teacher tried and failed to catch a happy, wide-eyed Lana dog.
Lana knocked over the Christmas themed scenery and the heavily decorated backdrop, licked a few of New One’s class mates on her way and ended up somehow with a bit of costume in her mouth. Happily she walked straight to New One and took up by his side as laughter and smiles came from everyone. The Christmas show ended with a very real look at New One’s absolutely prominent Christmas Love.