Local Father Glad He Doesn’t Have to Make Excuse to Skip Annual School Christmas Concert This Year
Among the many holiday traditions altered by the pandemic, elementary schools across the country have canceled their winter concerts this year. While many parents lament the loss, one local father is ecstatic.
“Every year it gets trickier to come up with a new excuse,” said David Palmer, a father of three in suburban Denver. “Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids, but that doesn’t mean I want to watch 500 parents hold their cellphones in the air to record their kids shout-singing ‘Deck the Halls’ in an auditorium that’s 900 degrees.”
Most parents cherish the memories of seeing their children belt out holiday favorites dressed in their Sunday best. “You only get so many moments like these because kids just grow up so fast,” lamented Cheri Johnson, the school’s band/choir/music teacher, remote learning coordinator/specialist, part-time social worker/guidance counselor, reference librarian, IT director, part-time PE instructor, and lunchroom/recess/bus attendant. “It was the right decision to cancel, but that doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking.”
But not for Palmer. “Don’t get all Hallmark movie on me,” snapped a snippy Palmer, “I’m not pro-pandemic or anything. I’m just saying, there are some silver linings.”