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Christmas peace at Davis Bay

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Who's the littlest Christmas tree? A musical production by Davis Bay Elementary school children was a huge hit on Monday, Dec. 17.

Davis Bay Elementary School entered into the spirit of the season on Monday evening when they carried on the grand old tradition of the Christmas school concert.

More than 100 people, parents and friends of the young performers, occupied every seat in the gym Dec. 17.

“We’re just a little school, but we come from a big community,” said principal Sally Thicke who thanked the many supporters, promising them a good show.

And the Soldiers Sang was a little known tale of a Christmas Eve in 1914 during the First World War, that was told in video images with the story narrated by several children. When one soldier on the front lines began to sing, he heard another soldier from the enemy side respond with an answering tune.

“Serenading the enemy seemed the most natural thing,” said the soldier later. Others joined in the singing, and before too long the two sides, bitter enemies, were putting down their weapons. They roasted a pig in no-man’s land and ate together in Christmas Eve harmony. No one wanted it to end, but the truce didn’t last past Christmas. As told by Sunshine Coast children of the 21st century it takes on a new, touching significance about peace on earth.

Seven little ones danced to the music of O Christmas Tree, choreographed by Maggie Guzzi, then junior percussionists performed on Carol of the Bells. All the kids were involved with a musical skit, The Littlest Christmas Tree, directed by Sara Douglas, to the delight of the parents.

The evening closed with a rendition of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.


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