Roger Elkins recalls favorite Christmas memories

By Shanna Avery

Herald Review Staff Writer

EVART — The Christmas season, a time of glowing warmth, giving, religious observances, get-togethers, glistening decor, heaps of food and favorite carols, also is a time to reminisce about cherished childhood memories of the holidays.

Roger Elkins, of Evart, spent the first few years of his life in Chase. He remembers first grade at the Chase school. During Christmastime, everyone, kindergarten through tenth grade, sang "Silent Night" and the sound of all those voices mingling made quite an impression on him.

He was the littlest angel in his church Christmas production, "The littlest angel." He was picked to play the part because he was the "littlest" child available at his church. He says to this day the story is one of his favorites.

He went to Morley Stanwood for the remainder of his school years and remembers the school would have a music pageant centered around the Nativity.

"There were about a dozen kid actors to play Mary and Joseph, the wise men and shepherds," he said.

Another holiday tradition in the Elkins family is fruit cake.

"My folks married around Christmastime, on Dec. 28, at my grandmother's home in the Chase area. A favorite wedding gift was a fruit cake made by my mom's brother, Ray Reynolds, who was a cook on a Great Lakes ship. My family still has fruitcake each Christmas season as a reminder of my parents," Elkins said.

Memories make the holidays more precious for many. There is always room in the album of your mind for more.