Advent Calendar Day 16 - Christmas at School

[Reprinted ~ Advent Calendar Day 16 ~ Christmas at School from Dec. 2009]

I was very shy when I attended school. You wouldn't have caught me in a play of any kind. I would have made myself ill just at the thought of participating! I do not have recollections of anything special during school time for the holidays. We may have had a classroom party when I was in elementary school, but beyond that there wasn't anything special that I can remember.

My grandfather was in a play when he was in high school, but I am almost positive it wasn't a Christmas play, the picture I own doesn't portray a holiday scene at all. Whose to say that at some point and time he wasn't in a Christmas play or pageant?

My grandfather was quite a character and I can totally vision him participating in a play. His son was no different, in fact he may have been even more of a character. I spent quite a bit of time looking for the photo of my father who played a wise man in a school Christmas play. I was very disappointed when I couldn't find it.

Finally, I realized it wasn't a picture, it was a newspaper photo, so it would be filed a little differently. Sure enough I found it that way. I wanted to add it to this post in the worst way, but I am not comfortable doing so without asking his permission first. Unfortunately, time ran out before I could speak to him.

The students in the photo were re-enacting the birth of Christ. The photo consists of the three Wise Men, Joseph, Mary and an angel. The children that portrayed each of these individuals were listed by name. The date it was in the newspaper was Wednesday December 18, 1946. It is a great photo and I am proud to own a copy of the newspaper clipping. Hopefully one day I will be able to share it with you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!
Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer


  1. What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing and as a new follower of your blog, I hope someday to see the newspaper article you mentioned.


  2. Always love reading your stories.... Have a Merry Christmas,

    From TEXAS

  3. Hi Cindy,

    Thank you for following! One day I will post it, but I don't know when that will be...

    Hi Robin,

    Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too!

    From California. ;-)


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