Those of us who live in Celebration are surrounded by magic all year round. We live in an idyllic community many can only dream of residing. We’re serenaded nightly by the pop-pop-popping of fireworks coming from the Mouse House. And, best of all, who else can say that their next-door neighbors are princes and chimney sweeps, fairies and princesses, genies and pirates? Not to mention an assortment of life-sized rodents and mammals magically transformed into plush toys suitable for squeezing!
And that’s on a “normal” day! During the holidays, there’s always an extra dose of things to see and do that conjure up feelings of wonder and enchantment. Where else could you find a place where it snows on schedule? This year will be no different as the Celebration Community Chorus prepares to kick-off the season with their annual holiday concert. In fact, this year’s concert is so early that chances are you’ll still be finishing off the last of your Thanksgiving leftovers!
Staying true to tradition, the program will be a seasonal mix of holiday favorites ranging from beloved sacred classics to secular time honored melodies like “White Christmas” to the comical “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” This year’s performance also includes the charming “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Clause.” This song memorializes the true story of Dr. Philip O’Hanlon and his eight-year-old daughter, Virginia, who asked him if Santa Clause was real. Not knowing how to answer, he suggested that she send her question to the New York Sun because “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” The editor’s printed a response became the lyrics of this song that is now a beloved part of holiday folklore.
Best of all, Conductor Kristopher Schave and the chorus will lead the audience in an old-fashioned community sing-a-long after the formal program. If you’ve attended the holiday concerts in the past, you’ll remember how this simple activity spreads a feeling of joy and well-being throughout the room. Adults head home wearing a smile, children leave giggling as they continue to sing even though the music has stopped. It truly is a magical experience and one you won’t want to miss!
The Celebration Community Chorus Presents…
Home for the Holidays
Community Presbyterian Church
511 Celebration Avenue
Saturday, November 27, 2021, 7 p.m.
Admission is FREE!!