A few beautifully-decorated Xmas trees surorunded by presents at the bottom were standing in the center of the hall, in front of which were children taking pictures with their mom and dad; big wreaths were hanging at the door as well as on the windows; all children who entered the concert hall would receive a Xmas present–a silver crown and an argentate pole which had a switch that control the lights on the pole; after being seated, you gotta cry out "WOW!!!"–I’ve never seen the concert hall being decorated so beautiful and so festive. (not even last Xmas.) All the railings were festooned with colorful sparking ribbons; some huge snowflakes were dangling from the top of the ceiling; and the organ was highlighted by the mellow stage lamp; all I could see were the happy faces of the children–the entire concert hall was filled with delightful children and their parents. I guess my friends and I were among the very few grownups who came just by themselves. Haha… I felt like being in the Neverland with Peterpan. This was the concert I went to on the evening before Xmas Eve–"Childhood, Fairy Tale, A Child’s Heart–A Christmas Night of Fairy Tales" No wonder there were so many kids aged around 6-7 on averge in the concert. Oh my, when the lights were off, the flashing lights on those argentate poles shone. They were like the twinkling red stars in the dark sky–so surprising, so wonderful!!! Kids all screamed for this surprising scene. Along with the solemn organ sound, the concert began. "Holy Night" was sung both in Chinese and English; dozens of children holding a candle light walked into the concert hall from different direction. They were just like the chaste angels sending seasonal prayers to audience. "The Match-stick Girl","Snow White", "The Sound of Music", the Xmas carols, organ solo performance of the prelude of "The Phantom of Opera", excellent ballets… one after another, they were mostly performed by talented kids. I was so amazed at their musical potentials. From time to time, I could feel the poles moving above my head. Two kids sitting behind me were extremely excited and they would jump and scream, sneeze or wave at their poles. Yeah, actually almost every kid who came to the concert was like that–very happy and very active. Girls looked like a princess after putting on the crown. The noise of the concert was certainly very hard to control–it was the most non-serious and noisiest concert I have attended. I am not complaning at all! The symphony "Peter and the Wolf" with story telling ended the concert. Some kids made full use of their poles–they imitated every move of the conductor while the symphony was proceeding. I just lanughed at their naivety. The junior symphonic orchestra was outstanding. They were as good as the HK Youth Symphonic Orchestra whose performance I saw in Hong Kong. With a sound of "pop"–the surprising red confetti came out like champagne from the front verge of the stage. The surprise aroused all in attendance, kids of course screamed again!!! Santas came out from the doors and scattered presents to the audience. Oh my gosh!!! What an evening!!! I assume at the end of the New Year’s concert, it will be like that too–full of surprise!
The concert lasted longer than usual but everyone who attended the concert was certainly brimming with joy and laughter. On Xmas Eve, I went out shopping with Mom. The walking street–Up Down Nine Street was packed with people. You can definitely feel the Xmas atmosphere here no matter from the shops and boutiques or the pedestrians’ outfit. Signs written "Xmas On Sales" were everywhere. Oh my, I gotta say it was almost no different from the Xmas ambience in HK. I sent Mom a nice scarf and a woolen sweater. She was happy, so was I. This Xmas afternoon I will have friends coming over to have fun. It will be great!!!
Surprise, surprise! I talked to these people during the holiday season, and some of them are still in town. I actually was invited to a Xmas party this afternoon but I guess I will stay at home with my best friends. It seems quiet Xmas suits me more. Haha! Thank you for those who have sent me Xmas greetings, here they are: (like in the Oscar, a list of people I must thank)
–mi amigo de Espano
–my friend from Poland
–my friend from Korea
–my friends who are studying in England
–my friends from New York, USA
–my friend from Canada (what a surprise, we chatted on the phone last night. 🙂
–my friend from New Zealand
–my workmate in GZ and college friends too
and above all, my parents who are with me all the time.
I pray for you all. May God bless you. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!!!