The Children Sing

Posted on December 20, 2012

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Saturday Night Live remembered Sandy Hook Elementary as a children's choir opened the show with a moving rendition of 'Silent Night'.

Saturday Night Live remembered Sandy Hook Elementary as a children’s choir opened the show with a moving rendition of ‘Silent Night’.

I took some time off work to attend the Christmas program at my son’s preschool today.

It was lovely, the kids, several classes of 3, 4 &-5 years olds, sang their way sweetly through a battery of traditional standards, from ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ to ‘Silent Night’.

But as I watched the children, so cute in their Santa hats and Christmas sweaters and jingle bells, I couldn’t help thinking of the 20 murdered children from Sandy Hook Elementary.

And I’m sure I’m not alone.

Christmas programs are an American tradition and all across the nation, from northern Minnesota to southern Texas and in between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, we crowded into school theaters and cafeterias, into church halls and day care centers to watch our babies sing and clap and laugh.

And at all those gatherings, from Saginaw to Laredo and Seattle to Miami people sat in the crowds just like I did this morning and wept with pride and joy tinged with sorrow.

We remembered 20 sets of Christmas presents that will never be opened, 20 families who’ll crumble at the sight of 20 empty chairs, 20 silent bedrooms…

Hold your children tight this Holiday season folks, and remember the 20 families of Sandy Hook Elementary who wish they could.

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