Mele Kalikimaka From Stratford School

On December 13, 2013 by Rebecca Whyte

Stratford’s Winter Programs are in full swing and teachers, students, families and friends have been enjoying them thoroughly! It’s heartwarming seeing the children on stage performing, sharing their practiced and (somewhat) perfected presentation skills and public speaking ability! And of course, it is always fun singing along to a few classic holiday songs – especially when led by brave and confident kindergarteners!

Stratford’s Santa Clara Pomeroy kindergarten class presented their Winter Program today, titled Holiday Cheer Around the World. It included joyous holiday song, dance, music, costumes – and most importantly, the message that each and every one of us has a unique and special way of celebrating the holidays, and spreading joy during the winter season.

Stratford students recognized Christmas and Hanukah celebrations, as well as general holiday thankfulness and giving. They even taught program goers how to say “Merry Christmas” in Hawaiian! Here is a full verse from that song, Mele Kalikimaka, written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson:

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say 
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day
That’s the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way
To say “Merry Christmas to you.” 

Mele Kalikimaka from all of us at Stratford School! We wish you a wonderful holiday season – and remember, if you get the chance to listen to children express joy through song, don’t pass it up! You’ll most likely smile and feel proud of and thankful for our wonderful children!

Stratford School Program Flyer

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