Millet's Christmas Tales: School Christmas Concerts

Hand-carved horse and sleigh set on display in the Museum's 2020 Christmas display.

Hand-carved horse and sleigh set on display in the Museum's 2020 Christmas display.

There are 74 separate references to school Christmas concerts in the Tales and Trails of Millet. Several of these call it the highlight of the school year. These stories stretch back from over 100 years ago.

The school Christmas concert was a big event for the whole town. Children started practicing songs and recitations months in advance. Parents came to watch. Concerts were originally held in the evenings as a social event, then later moved to during the school day.

Several reports remember Karl Alleman bringing a tree for the concert and Charlie Schultz dressing up as Santa. Each child would receive a drawstring bag of treats, usually an orange or apple, hard candy, nuts, and popcorn.

Interestingly, there is a note made by one teacher, saying when she came to teach in 1920, there had been no concert in 1919. This was likely because of the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Tales & Trails of Millet pg. 92, 125, 256, 512, 571, 573, 751