Welcome to MyNeChimKi’s Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories! Thanks to Geneabloggers for developing these fantastic prompts for some holiday spirited blogging. Over the next month we’ll be blogging about some of our fondest Christmas memories.
Today’s topic: Christmas at School
When I look back on my grammar school years, especially the early ones, I realize that I was pretty clueless. I really shouldn’t have been, because I had an older brother.
In 1957 I was in the first grade and Christmas was nearing. I guess I didn’t know anything about school holidays or that during December, teachers did special things to make school more fun. I remember the class being told to line up. I hoped I would get to lead the class. (Again, clueless… my name began with a “T”. I never got to lead the class!) We were told to be quiet, that we were going to the auditorium. I didn’t know what the auditorium was, but I was sure it was bad. When we got there, we were told to sit on the floor. That was even worse. We didn’t even get a chair to sit on! The rest of the school filed in, class by class. When everyone was there, the curtains on the stage opened to reveal a projector screen. The lights turned off. I just knew we were in for it.
I had never seen ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” but that is what we saw that afternoon in the auditorium of North West School. I was throughly enchanted. After it was over, we had just enough time to go back to our rooms before the bell rang for dismissal. It had been a great day!