A Little Holiday Humor
“I have to do a presentation next week, “ said the third grader. “How should I start?”
“Well, right at the beginning, you want say something interesting and exciting – something that gets everybody’s attention,” I said. “How about, ‘Alo, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!.’”
She looked at me. “I’m going to show how to make a reindeer ornament,” she said.
“Well, in that case,” I said, “You could just say, ‘Good morning. Today I’m going to show you how to make a reindeer ornament.”
“Yeah, that might work,” I said, hoping she was just kidding.
It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is filled with joy, but as people who work in schools know, “joy” and “fun” aren’t exactly the same thing. Schools are in holiday mode albeit within relatively proscriptive guidelines regarding what to say, what to draw, and what to sing. Today there are more guidelines on how much time kids can take away from the test-driven curriculum to devote to the holidays. Still, creative teachers are figuring out ways to cover the curriculum by embedding it with holiday tasks that still meet the state standards. “Fun with a Purpose,” as “Highlights for Children” calls it, which to many kids means it’s not really that much fun but at least it’s something different.
Still, there’s lots to do within the next couple of weeks. Besides their regular school work, somewhere kids and their teachers are preparing for the holiday concert. Somewhere kids are selling wrapping paper and candy as a school fundraiser. Somewhere high school kids are planning a holiday ball. Somewhere middle school kids are having bake sales to raise money for presents for needy families. And teachers everywhere are looking for volunteers to help out with holiday parties and hoping that the principal doesn’t choose the last week before holiday break to do an impromptu classroom visit and evaluation.
So in an attempt to keep the fun in less funding for the holiday season, I offer the little clip below. Not as funny as Inigo Montoya, but pretty good.