Small town Christmas memory

I grew up in the Methodist church in small town Irene, SD.  The tradition in my family was to attend Christmas Eve services where we children would put on the Christmas pageant.  Preparing for the program, it was always exciting to see who got to play the parts of Mary and Joseph.  After services were finished everyone was given a paper sack filled with peanuts, hard candy and an apple. Oh, how we enjoyed the gift.

After leaving the church we always toured the town to view all of the colorful holiday lighting.  My brother and I were never too excited about this part as we wanted to get right home to see what Santa had put under the tree for us.  Little did we know that one reason for driving around town viewing the lights was to give Santa (grandma and grandpa) ample time to drive to our home in the country and put the presents under the tree.

Steve Anderson