Christmas in Small Town Mississippi
Madison/Ridgeland Mississippi Christmas
Christmas is a magical time in "small town Mississippi". We may lack snow and cold weather, but the people make up for that in spirit.
There are lots of goings on this time of year in "small town Mississippi". There are parades, school concerts, and many other celebrations. There are so many organizations that offer programs and celebrations for the communities they serve at Christmas time.
Karate Kicks Christmas
This is a Karate demonstration put on by the Reservoir YMCA Seibukan Karate Club to benefit a local charity. They offer a wonderful Karate demonstration with music and narration by Sensei Tommy Turk. Also a raffle and a visit by Santa who shows off his karate skills and brings treats to all the children and special guests.
It is really fun to watch and benefits a local charity. Sensei Tommy Turk does all the choreographing and setting up of the demonstration himself. He is a great member of the community and gives back as much as he can.
The Nutcracker 2008
Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet's Nutcracker
Annually each Holliday Season, Mississippi Metropolitan Dance academy performs the Nutcracker. They hold a silent auction and tea party after some of the performances. All dancers are students of the Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy (MMDA). Jennifer Beasley is the Artistic Director. Ms Beasley is committed to nurturing the young dancers of tomorrow.
The Ballet is held each year on the first weekend of December at the Madison Center for the Arts in downtown Madison. This is a wonderful show of all the hard work the MMDA dancers put in over the year. Dancers must audition for the parts in this special production. The sets are spectacular and the costumes are magical. MMDA is a dance school that teaches dancers from preschool to professional.
Madison County Strings
Madison County Strings under the direction of Mrs. Stephanie Maisel. This is an orchestra made up of elementary, middle, high school aged children. Truly a sight to behold. They hold a concert before Christmas (free to anyone who would like to attend) showcasing the talents of all the students.
Mrs. Maisel coordinates nearly 100 school aged children to all play either cello or violin together, and it actually sounds fantastic. My child is part of this group and he really likes it. Mrs. Maisel makes it so much fun for the children that they are eager to show off all that they learn. This program runs throughout the year. There are several performance opportunities during the year.
Great Mississippi Reads
Spirit of Christmas
I have offered just a small sample of the Christmas happenings in my small town Mississippi. There are folks who go all out with fantastic light displays on their homes. We still love to drive about at Christmas time to see the lights. I remember as a child how the lights looked in the snow. My daughter saw snow for the first time last week (freak snow shower in Central Mississippi). My daughter was so excited she talked about it for days.
I wish all a Merry Christmas and glad tidings in the New Year!
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