Small town America. That’s where I have lived for most of my lifetime. Yes; they are quiet, sleepy, little places. Yes; they are the places that if you happen to forget what you’re doing there’s always someone else who knows exactly what you’re up to. Whether you want them to or not. And for the most part there’s really not much going on. And then comes Christmas…
When I was a kid our little town would put out the big Merry Christmas banner across the street downtown, hang decorations on every light post around the town square. Churches and school kids would put on programs with traditional carols and beautiful nativity scenes. Santa would come in on the back of a big ol’ truck and hand out paper bags filled with goodies. There were peanut clusters, orange slices, peppermints, gum drops, ribbon candies, peanuts, and even a fresh orange or a juicy ripe apple.
Santa could never hand out those bags today. Too many peanut allergies and none of those candies were individually wrapped; they were just tossed loosely into the paper bags. I think some of them were even homemade. Nope; someone would have an allergic reaction or choke on an orange seed and sue good ol’ Saint Nick. You see very few Merry Christmas banners nowadays too; after all those wonderful words might offend someone. And as for this new modern holiday music… well; give me Silent Night and We Wish You A Merry Christmas sung by grade school kids any day. And No! Santa and his reindeer didn’t run over your Grandma!
Even though the small town I live in today isn’t the same one I lived in way back when Santa handed me that awesome paper bag filled with goodies; it’s still pretty much the same. Yes; the Merry Christmas banner is missing but there are some amazing new[ish] snowflake lights that line the highway as is runs through town. And every building on main street is outlined in beautiful white Christmas lights. The school kids still put on programs and you can usually hear We Wish You A Merry Christmas at the very end of the show. There’s prize giveaways and Santa still makes an appearance, or two, in the area. So even if a lot of things in small town America are changing just wait it out… here comes Christmas!!
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