The 86 second-graders sing Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer as they present their show entitled "Holiday Traditions Around The World" on Thursday at Wiley Canyon Elementary School in Newhall. Dan Watson/The Signal
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With reindeer antlers, Santa hats, menorahs and holiday props, second grade students at Wiley Canyon Elementary School celebrated the magic of holiday traditions from across the globe.

The “Holiday Traditions Around the World” performance featured 86 students from Jennifer Lopez’s, Patty Bloomfield’s, Faith Bearchell’s and Sandra Kryshak’s second grade classes.

Wiley Canyon Elementary School second-graders talk about Hanukkah traditions in Israel as four classes of second-graders present their show entitled "Holiday Traditions Around The World" in Newhall on Thursday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Wiley Canyon Elementary School second-graders talk about Hanukkah traditions in Israel as four classes of second-graders present their show entitled “Holiday Traditions Around The World” in Newhall on Thursday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“They’ve been practicing every morning,” Bearchell said.  “We think they’re the best we’ve seen in years.  We’re so proud of them all.”

Students spent three weeks learning about holiday traditions from Germany, England, Mexico, Israel and the United States, as well as rehearsing their lines and songs for Thursday’s performance.

“Since we’ve been back from Thanksgiving they’ve been learning about family traditions and holiday traditions,” Lopez said.

Dressed in their holiday best, the students performed a total of seven songs, including “O Christmas Tree,” “La Pinta” and “Joyous Chanukah,” to a room full of proud parents and family members.

Ruben Roparte waves to his child as 86 second-graders at Wiley Canyon Elementary School in Newhall present their show entitled "Holiday Traditions Around The World" on Thursday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Ruben Roparte waves to his child as 86 second-graders at Wiley Canyon Elementary School in Newhall present their show entitled “Holiday Traditions Around The World” on Thursday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“He constantly amazes me,” said Jason Lhamon, whose son August opened up the show.  “He spoke well and I was so proud of him.”

The students also shared the history of common traditions like lighting the menorah and decorating the Christmas tree.  Kryshak’s class taught the audience that the tradition of sending Christmas cards began in England, while Lopez’s class shared the Mexican tradition of breaking piñatas on Christmas Eve.

“They had to practice their lines at home,” said Nathalie Marg of her son Logan’s speaking role.  “This was his first big Christmas holiday play at school.”

Rounding out the performance was a rendition of the non-traditional holiday song “It’s a

Wiley Canyon Elementary School second-graders tell about Christmas traditions created in England as four classes of second-graders present their show entitled "Holiday Traditions Around The World" in Newhall on Thursday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Wiley Canyon Elementary School second-graders tell about Christmas traditions created in England as four classes of second-graders present their show entitled “Holiday Traditions Around The World” in Newhall on Thursday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Small World” to show that holiday festivities and traditions are shared between people in countries around the world.

“In the end they come together because it really is ‘A Small World After All,’” Lopez said.

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Christina Cox
Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.
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