Hobson elementary celebrates ‘An Old-Fashioned Christmas’


Hobson kindergarten students provide some shoe-stomping music while singing “Christmas Time’s a Comin” during Monday evening’s “Old-Fashioned Christmas program.

Photo by Doreen Heintz

The songs of “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” were heard throughout the Hobson School on Monday evening.  Under the direction of music teacher Ken Brottem, students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade entertained family and friends with Christmas songs everyone knew.

In the first part of the program, members of the fifth-grade band entertained with “Mozart Melody,” “Jingle Bells,” “Up on a Housetop” and “Jolly Old St. Nick.” Fifth-grade band students were Leon Aminkeng, Easton DeJong, Heath Drivdahl, Kailyn Fryer and Amy Tuttle. 

Next up was the sixth-grade band which features “Angels We have Heard on High,” “O Little Town of Bethlem,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Silent Night,” “Good King Wenceslas” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Sixth-grade members were Taten Erickson, Cooper Gale, Clayton Hofmeister, Becca Lynn and Riley Obert. 

Next to dazzle the audience was Ms. Wichman’s kindergarten class. The class presented two musical numbers including “Christmas Time’s a Comin.’” During this musical number, the kindergarten students not only sang the song, but also dazzled the audience with some dancing. 

Before the singing portion of the program began, fourth-grade teacher Sigrid Deegan made an announcement to the audience. Deegan told how for the past three years, elementary students have forgone a gift exchange in their classrooms to donate money for an important cause in the Hobson community. Two years ago, money collected went to the Hobson Fire Department.

“This year we are going to help one of our own,” explained French. 

A total of $569 was gathered and donated to Hobson first-grade teacher Mrs. Silvia Bingeman, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. 

With songs ranging from “Deck the Halls” to “We Wish a Merry Christmas,” students in grades one through six recited poetry and sang many familiar Christmas tunes. A few of the other songs were “Jingle Bells,” “O Christmas Tree,” “Silver Bells,” and “Santa Claus Is On His Way.”

At the conclusion of the program, Santa Claus did make his annual appearance to hand out treats to all the kids. 



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