Thursday night my family and I ventured out to First Baptist Church on Governor's Drive in Huntsville to enjoy The Living Christmas Tree concert. This year's show was titled Star of Wonder, and a lot of the songs focused on the star that shone when Jesus was born. Obviously a lot of people celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas; I, however do not. I believe the date of Jesus' birth is unknown and therefore do not celebrate it at Christmastime, or any time for that matter.
My friend Denny's parents sing in the Tree and he got me six tickets a
few weeks ago. I had gotten an extra pair in case my parents wanted to
invite a couple of their friends. They didn't want to invite anyone so I
gave two tickets to a girl at work who went with her cousin. That left
me with four tickets for me, Justin and my parents. Justin was leading
his first AA meeting and so he was unable to attend and then, my mom
backed out because she had been at the hospital during the day while my
granddad had a heart cath. So, it ended up being just me and my dad -
can't really say that was a surprising turn of events.
The concert started at 7:30, which ended up being a shock to my dad and I
because I thought it started at 7:00 and had told him to meet me there
at 6:30. When I got there and saw my dad was by himself, I turned in our
other two tickets so that someone else could use them. We found a seat
close to the front and waited for the show to start.Beginning at 7:00,
the orchestra began playing music to entertain us while we were waiting
for the concert.
A few minutes before 7:30, the minister greeted us and soon after the
concert began. In addition to the choir and orchestra, a group called
SlipJig also performed and they were wonderful. One guy played the
violin, another played the guitar (though sometimes he played a wind
instrument as well) and the third guy played some sort of flute type
instrument and some sort of bag pipes that you didn't have to blow into.
I have no idea what these strange instruments are called, but the
combination of them all sounded really great. This is a Celtic/Irish
type band and they were one of the best parts of the show and the part
my dad liked the best I think.
I really enjoyed this year's program. The only part I did not enjoy was
the dancer. They had some girl that is originally from Huntsville and is
a trained ballerina perform a couple of dances which were just
completely stupid. I personally found it to be inappropriate for someone
to be dancing around while the choir was singing of the Savior's birth.
It also seemed really out of place and was distracting and quite
frankly made me a little uncomfortable.After speaking with the girl from
work about last night's show, she and her cousin had been of the same
opinion of the dancer and my dad also said that they could have done
without the dancer. So, First Baptist, if you're reading this, ditch the
dancer. She did not go over well with the folks I know.
The show lasted about an hour and a half and as mentioned, I really
enjoyed it. I got caught up in the moment a couple of times and felt
like leaping out of my seat and whistling; but, one I don't know how to
whistle and two, people probably would have thought I was crazy. I'm not
sure my dad enjoyed the show. He kept looking at his program and
checking his Blackberry throughout the show and during the next to the
last song he was like, let's get out of here. I told him to go on, but
he didn't. He did leave during the last applause and tried to get me to
go as well. I, however, was enjoying myself and in no hurry to rush
through the night and wanted to take my time leaving. So, he finally
left my himself and I left when everyone else did. I don't really know
why he was concerned with me leaving at the same time as him. We didn't
park anywhere near each other. It's not like I needed him to drive me
I got home at precisely 9:21 and text Denny to let him know I had
enjoyed the show. The Living Christmas Tree has five more performances
on the docket. They are Friday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday,
December 15 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday December 16 at 3:00
p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The 3:00 p.m. show on Sunday is abbreviated for
children and the show on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. will be interpreted in sign
If you have time this weekend and are looking for something to do, check
out The Living Christmas Tree. It's free to the public and is a really
enjoyable show. The concert will also be aired on Sunday, December 16 at
noon on WHNT Channel 19. For additional information regarding The
Living Christmas Tree, please click here.