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Hansville Christmas ringing in seasonal memories once again

HANSVILLE — Buoyed by last year’s success, the Hansville Community Church will again gather for the holidays with songs, stories and goodwill toward neighbors during this year’s Hansville Christmas.

The lineup for the holiday pageant and candlelit finale has changed after the first production, but organizer and Hansville resident Jim Wise said the feeling and meaning of the night will be similar and will get attendees in the Christmas frame of mind.

“Last year just went remarkably well,” he said. “The thing about last year was we had a one-act play, ‘When the Wise Man Appeared,’ by William Ashley Anderson, it was actually a short story. It’s forever been my favorite Christmas story of all time... We’re not trying to do anything huge.”

The pageant was written for stage by the church, and an additional scene involving the Nativity story was included that wasn’t in the short story. This year, because he had so little time to organize the pageant and have rehearsals, Wise said he decided just to do that small portion of the play and intermix Christmas stories from five members of the church congregation.

“This year’s play is a portion from the short story,” he said. “This year it came to me to do that portion over and do other bits. To begin with, we have a new pastor who has the opportunity to be the greeter and emcee the evening. Then the neat thing we have is five people from the congregation will share an extremely significant Christmas story from their own life.”

The show begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22, and cost is free though Wise said residents hoping to attend should RSVP to (360) 638-2335.

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