Submitted by Karen English, Omaha, Nebraska

Idea posted October 14, 2014

I have loved the various "concert etiquette" poems that I have often used before concerts to get the audience attention in regards to proper protocol at a performance. This past Christmas, I thought perhaps the point was becoming mute, so I changed it up a bit. "Concert Etiquette For Christmas" to the tune of "Deck The Halls" (Music K-8, Vol. 18, No. 2). For my younger students, I decided to play it on piano a bit slower. I also had students acting out the various scenarios and got a few chuckles from the audience.

Concert Etiquette For Christmas (to the tune of “Deck The Halls”)

Welcome to our musical show, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Here’s some things that you should know, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

It’s about concert etiquette, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

So performers won’t get upset, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

If your baby screams and shouts, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Please feel free to take them out, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Please turn off your cell phone devices, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

So that we don’t have any surprises, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Respect your neighbors and their space, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Stay in your spot for that’s the best place, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Now we told you all you should know, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Please sit back and enjoy the show, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

I actually had "Mary and Joseph" coming out with "Baby Jesus" as if he were crying and had "Joseph" motion to "Mary" to leave. Then, I had two shepherds on cell phones while a third shook his finger "no" and then took them away while a fourth held a sign "Please no cell phones!"

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