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Haley_Recital-Tanis_School_Program_046.jpg2004 Christmas Program



Singing Tanis & Sullen Tanis



Bridgecreek Elementary



Bend, Oregon




The children were cute.  The music the cheery.  And it felt like a presidential press conference for pre-schoolers.  There were more cameras flashing and camcorders rolling than a Terrel Owens touchdown celebration. 


It brought flashbacks of my own programs as a kid.  I didn't like em.  Didn't like doing them, singing in them or anything.  Felt very staged while I was up there.  Tanis liked the first song, but kind of tuned out after that.  It was fun watching him spin his hat and almost start a playful wrestling match on the stage with his good friend, Little Dawson.  Tanis had a great time while playing around on the stage.


My parents came to the program and loved watching the little ham.  He loves any opportunity to be the center of attention.  He gets this from his mother, she loves being out in front of everyone letting it all hang out.


They all did some quick numbers and my father and I tripped on each other trying to get to the snack bar as soon as the singing was done.  This was a Before Dinner program, so you didn't have enough time to get something to eat before.  I had been eyeing them pretty keenly from my seat.


I am sure Tanis loved being up there singing.  He had been singing the different songs all week long.  Like all children, he loved the christmas songs.  They are relatively new to them.

Look, children in Santa hats, children in glittering angel halos, reindeer antlers and they dressed up a kid like he was Frosty the Snowman.  They hit the classics, "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and a cute, high-pitched solo of "I'm Getting Nuttin' for Christmas."  The parents drank every drop of the pitcher of cuteness on the stage.