Less than Merry Christmas - Carolina Country

Less than Merry Christmas

We were all somewhere around 10 to 12 years old. The preacher’s wife at Fair Bluff Baptist Church decided that the youth group was to provide a Christmas play for the church members.

Our mothers, especially mine, were adamant about our participation in the production. As I was traumatized, my memory of the affair has remained implanted later with distinct clarity. Fully in a state of puberty, I, Ray and Randy were chosen as the Magi who were to visit the baby.

We were given girls’ tights and a silky looking blouse as our costumes which... revealed the young male anatomy.

We were given girls’ tights and a silky looking blouse as our costumes, which still resembled some Shakespearean character’s dress and, well, revealed the young male anatomy. I refused the public display of such self-conscious, revealing and feminine attire with a vengeance and garnered support from the other two cast members.

To cover the lower parts of our bodies, we were given a skirt that provided privacy over the tights, yet rendered more the appearance of a ballerina. We regarded the compromise in the more acceptable attire at least somewhat a victory and were thankful that we were not put on display as Michelangelo’s “Statue of David.”

David Small, Fair Bluff, a member of Brunswick Electric

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