Christmas in the Barn, an annual tradition for kids in Herald, got back on track Dec. 17 with fun activities, snacks and visits with Santa. The event has been on hold for the past few years because of pandemic restrictions, and rainstorms the previous weekend left organizers with no choice but to postpone by a week. But the celebration ultimately went forward.

“We’re small, but we’re mighty,” said Kay Campbell with Herald Community Club, which organizes the event.

Arcohe School math teacher Paula Selby praised the community club for the events it puts on in the Herald area.

“It’s tremendous. This is this beautiful little community out here.”

Volunteers stationed around the barn near the Herald Fire Protection District station offered activities like fingernail painting, button making and temporary tattoos. Children could also decorate cookies and participate in a drawing for a range of bikes.

One of the volunteers used to attend the event as a child. Now 18, Nayeli Andrade Garcia returned to help keep the fun going. She gave holiday-themed temporary tattoos to kids who visited her station.

When Andrade Garcia’s family moved to Las Vegas recently, she returned in order to finish high school. And then she heard about the plans for Christmas in the Barn.

“I heard of it and I was like, ‘I always wanted to help out with that.’ And even though I don’t need volunteering hours or anything, I just wanted to come and help and be a part of what I was a part of when I was little,” Andrade Garcia said.