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Christmas Eve the way it was, a Thompson tradition

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 6:52 am

It was a special night in Thompson for more than 80 people as a Christmas-time tradition continued to grow.

Bob Fair, standing, and his wife Deb, sitting, at the Fair family’s annual “Christmas in a Barn.”

Bob Fair, standing, and his wife Deb, sitting, at the Fair family’s annual “Christmas in a Barn.”

Lines of headlights followed the freshly graveled path around and past the newly tinned red hay barn as a full moon looked down over the back pasture of the Fair farm in west Thompson.

Guided by flashlight-wielding members of the Fair family and their friends.

They sat, bundled against the Christmas Eve cold, on square bales of straw, fortified by hot chocolate and home-made Chitwood family doughnuts as Bob Fair, the farm’s 67-year old patriarch read from his notes, from a hand-worn copy of the bible and just spoke from the heart about what Christmas meant in his family’s part of Thompson.

As a baby goat scampered around his feet, and others lay in their manger, he read a bible verse to his audience. “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has told us about. So, they hurried off, found Mary and Joseph and the baby who was laying in the manger. When they had seen, him they spread the word about what had been told them about the child. And all who heard it were amazed and what the shepherds had said to them, just a second my fingers don’t work too well in this cold,” Fair said as he turned a page. “And pondered them in their hearts. The shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told.” He paused looked up from the Bible and said. “Folks that is tremendous, that is not a story, it is the truth.”

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