By Rebecca J. Davis
To celebrate the holiday season, the third grade classes of North Laurel Elementary held their "Holiday Customs Around the World" event last week. The event consisted of the schools eight third grade classes performing small skits and songs about their chosen country.
Principal Brian Swain stated, "The school's mission is to prepare the students for the global market. We want the students to recognize different cultures, open their eyes to new experiences [and] have fun while learning." The countries included in the event were England, Germany, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, China, and the United States.
England's Christmas was performed by Mrs. Matthews' and Mr. Todd's class. The class sang "Deck the Halls" and "Here We Come A-Wassailing." According to the children, wassailing means to be in good health and that children in England leave water for Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve.
Christmas in Germany was shown by Mrs. Callaway's class. The students sang "Oh Christmas Tree" and enlightened the audience on a few of Germany's Christmas customs.
The students of Mrs. Williams' class sang "Gloria" and "Noel" and explained the Christmas customs of France, while Mrs. Thien's class focused on Israel's Hanukkah and sang "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah."