Being the Christmas season, I attended a school Christmas program. Watching a hundred parents and grandparents with cameras, camcorders, and smart phones permanently clued to their hands watching kids younger than 6 sing such classics as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer complete with hand gestures and Santa hats.
This sparked the aforementioned nostalgia moment: of my own school programs. Growing up in Traverse City and attending Bertha Vos Elementary (RIP BV) in Acme, MI, we were extremely fortunate to have our Christmas programs at the Grand Traverse Resort.
There are numerous advantages to having your school Christmas program at a resort instead of a gymnasium, but the best was the Christmas lights at the resort. Not only did you enter the resort along a quarter-mile fully lit entrance, the lobby hotel had an incredible Christmas display complete with fountains, fake snow, multiple scenes, and robotic Christmas creatures.