Mansfield Elementary School hosts Christmas program

Mansfield Elementary School students in preschool through sixth grade present “Merry Grinchmas” Dec. 19. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)


By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Twins George and Max (the Grinch) Murison share the Christmas spirit after the performance of “Merry Grinchmas,” adapted from author Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (Dr. Suess) children’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Mansfield Elementary School?students celebrated Christmas with a winter performance of “Merry Grinchmas” on Dec. 19 in the school gymnasium.

Preschool through sixth grade students performed to a packed house of family, friends and school staff.

The program was adapted from author?Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (Dr. Suess) children’s book?”How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

The?program began with all the students in preschool through six grade singing “Welcome Christmas.” The third and fourth grade classes?then sang “Let?It?Be Christmas Everywhere.”?Students in the?third through sixth grade classes sang?”You?re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.” Preschool through second grade students then?sang “Where Are You Christmas?”?All the students?then?sang “Welcome Christmas” once again, along with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

At the conclusion of the program, the audience was invited to sing “Jingle Bells” ? a Mansfield tradition?? to coax Santa Claus to come join the fun. As always, with a hearty ?ho-ho-ho,??he showed up in his bright red suit and with a?bag full of gifts.

After the performance, parents and?children waited in line to see Santa and have?their photo taken with him in front of the tree. Cameras flashed?and memories were made, as?children of all ages sat on Santa?s lap and whispered in his ear their special wish for Christmas.

The event concluded with treat bags that were handed out by the Grinch, played by Max Murison.

?A little different program this year,” local resident Mikki Lamar said.?”We enjoyed the performance. It was very well done.?

?We look forward to the Christmas program every year,? said Nikki Murison,?whose son?George participated along with?his twin brother Max. “The kids enjoy putting on a show for us and we enjoy watching them perform.?