Yesterday, while shopping, I ran into a former parent. Her youngest child was in my 2nd grade class and is currently in 5th grade. Anyway, she was extremely upset because the school has a new principal and apparently the principal decided to not have a Christmas Program this year. The parent was looking forward to seeing her daughter's last performance as an elementary school student. I emailed a friend of mine from the school and she said that the new principal was completely against having a Christmas Program. My friend didn't give me the details, though. At both elementary schools I taught at, participation in the Christmas Program wasn't up for debate. Every grade level put on some type of performance/skit. Yes, I understand that a lot of preparation goes into the Christmas Program (rehearsals, costumes, etc.). However, the kids feel really special when they're performing for their families and the families feel proud of their kids. For me (as a teacher), it is a very special event. My question to you all is: Does YOUR school hold a Christmas Program? If so, is participation optional?