In any other year, public schools and area churches would have their schedules filled with Christmas or Holiday concerts during this time.
Of course, 2020, has been unlike any other year, forcing those who plan these concerts to do some serious adjusting to even get a concert off the ground.
“I am currently in the process of editing our virtual winter concert for the (Osceola) Intermediate school,” said General music teacher Emma Cruciani last week. “Since I see most of my kids every day, we have been able to record socially distant and masked. Our virtual concert consists of one song per grade, complete with artwork shown that the kids have made as well. It has definitely been challenging to come up with, execute and edit a completely virtual concert, as there are so many moving pieces.”
Art Aytay, Band Director at the High School, hasn’t been as fortunate. The High School has been in virtual or remote learning for the last month.
“Here at OHS, we have had very little access to our students, so it would be nearly impossible to have any kind of concert, virtual or otherwise pre-recorded,” he explained. “Our hands are tied.”
Olivia Willett, High School/Middle School Choir Director, said she had plans to record something when students returned to school for two days earlier this month, but she was in quarantine.
"COVID has definitely made everything unpredictable and difficult to plan anything," she continued.
Here is a list of what area churches that responded to the Sun are doing for the Holiday season:
Hope Evangelical Free Church in Osceola will be holding a Candlelight Christmas Eve service 4:30 p.m. This service will be held in-person and will also be live-streamed on its YouTube channel. Plans for the concert include a video production of the Children’s Christmas program. Face coverings are required along with social distancing.
Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser will hold its Christmas Eve service online, on its You Tube channel; starting at 2 p.m. Plans also include two 15-minute outdoor Christmas services at the Church at 5 and 6 p.m. The children program will be online this year as well, starting at 8 a.m., Dec. 20.
New Life Christian Community in Dresser will be holding a 6:30 p.m., Christmas Eve service.
Grace Church in Osceola will have its children’s choir performing Dec. 20 during its 10 a.m. regular service. In addition, the children’s choir will also perform at its 4 p.m., Christmas Eve service.
West Immanuel Lutheran reported a small group of their parishioners got together to record a Christmas worship which will be released virtually soon.
Osceola Community Church will be having two in person Christmas Eve services, starting at 3:30 and 5 p.m.
Bethesda Lutheran Church in Dresser reports they’ve been doing a drive-in service since March and plan on continuing that throughout the winter. They added they might do an indoor service at some point if the risk of COVID lessens.