Christmas Eve Programs were a nightmare. The children could not remember the parts they had memorized, and they forgot where they were supposed to go during the program. Herb watched these nightmares; and after one particularly bad program, he made a few comments. He was appointed the director of the next year’s program.
Herb decided that the program should be a slide show and that the spoken parts should be tape recorded. He started immediately.
The manger scene would be in the cotton seed room of the Norquest’s barn. The trip to Bethlehem would be on the Gutenfelder’s farm in the sand hills north of Edinburg. When recording the spoken parts, if the child did not get it right, it was recorded until he did get it right. Herb noted that the girls got their parts right the first time, but the boys usually had to try several times.
Christmas Eve arrived, and Herb was proud of his program. The children sat with their parents, and it went off without a hitch. Most people did not like it. Herb was not asked to help with the next year’s program.
Parents like to see their children up in front of a group, even if they struggle to get their lines right.
Twenty years later the church got the old program out and used it. It was a big success, and everyone was laughing. The difference – the children could see their parents in a Christmas Eve program, and the parents could see how they looked in those costumes. Herb concluded that he was 20 years ahead of his time, even though a test taken when he was in the 4th grade proved that he had an IQ of 60.