Todd Higdon, managing editor of the Neosho Daily News, was the speaker at Wednesday’s Laymen’s League service. Higdon spoke on the same topic that has been spoken of for seventy-one years—“What Christmas Means to Me.”

Todd Higdon, managing editor of the Neosho Daily News, was the speaker at Wednesday’s Laymen’s League service. Higdon spoke on the same topic that has been spoken of for seventy-one years—“What Christmas Means to Me.”
Higdon said, “Christmas means to me family traditions and memories.” His first and foremost tradition was attending Newtonia Baptist Church and receiving a special message about Jesus.
He told how he and his brother shopped for Christmas by circling and putting marks in the annual Christmas catalog. He also said they included the page numbers from the catalogs in the Santa Claus letters. “It was easier for Santa that way,” he added.
Other traditions and memories were visiting grandparents on both sides of the family on Christmas Eve. He said they also opened a few presents at home before going to bed.
One year Higdon and his brother decided they would not go to bed on Christmas Eve. Then they heard strange sounds on the roof of the house and were told Santa was there but they had to be asleep to get Santa’s gifts.
After the gift unwrapping Christmas morning, the family went down the street in Newtonia to his grandparents home for Christmas dinner. The smell of homemade rolls always greeted them, but the house “filled with family, love, and joy” was the best part.
Higdon lost his grandmother this past year, so Christmas 2017 will be different. Still it will be a time of family traditions and memories.
Wednesday's service began with “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” This song selection seemed appropriate as the sky above Neosho was clear and star-filled.
Ben Kerr of Bethel Church provided special music for the service with a modern day song, “Jesus is Alive,” accompanied by his guitar. The message told that even today Jesus and Christmas still live in the hearts of mankind.
Tom Higdon, Todd’s father, had the privilege of introducing his son as the main speaker for the day. He said he was “proud of his sons’ work and pursuit.”
With the benediction given by Rod May, Second Baptist Church, another tradition was fulfilled with a service of Layman’s League.