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  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.

Kathy Byrd

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About Kathy Byrd

  • Rank
    Penthouse Member
  • Birthday 06/01/1953

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  • Location
    Pineville, Louisiana, USA
  • Biography
    Grew up in Southern California...Living in Louisiana!
  • Interests
    PLUS, Christmas lights and a whole lot more!
  • Occupation
    RN
  • About my display
    Lights, music and a lot of fun!
  1. Rudolph, Frosty and Santa are synonymous with Christmas. The congregation at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church on Bainbridge Island would like to remind folks of another important Christmas figure: Jesus. “There are a lot of great displays to drive around and see Christmas lights, but there really isn’t a Bethlehem,” church member Dianne Thompson said. On Dec. 2 and 3, the parking lot of the church will be transformed into a 1st Century village, complete with Roman soldiers, wise men, an inn and, of course, a manger. Visitors can stay cozy as they drive through the makeshift city of Bethlehem, transporting them back in time. They will witness a bustling city, nomad encampments and town fixtures such as the tax collector and bakery. “We are trying to make the scene as authentic as possible, without going crazy,” coordinator Molly Dunn said. Actors will be allowed to wear glasses (a relatively new invention) but children are encouraged to keep their light-up shoes at home. More than 117 costumes have been created for the townspeople. Members of the congregation have had great fun choosing their characters. Costumes range from ornate and lavish for the very wealthy, to tattered and worn for the poor — and come in all sizes, from extra-extra large to extra small. Dunn, who was part of a similar experience at a church in California, brought the idea to Rolling Bay Presbyterian in mid-September. She expected the congregation to start planning it for the 2012 holiday season. Instead, the idea was met with such enthusiasm it was decided to move ahead with it this year. The difference between Dunn’s church in California and Rolling Bay is many of the California congregants work in the movie industry and have easy access to lighting and props. “But here we have livestock right across the street,” Dunn said. And although they may not work in Hollywood, congregants at Rolling Bay have proven their own with set and costume design. Marathon sewing sessions took place in the church basement. Those who lacked sewing skills cut fabric or ironed. Props were collected, timber cut from yards, and permits secured from the city. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was this Bethlehem. Pastor Marty Shelton-Janck estimates that when the entire production is complete, more than 5,000 volunteer hours will have been spent. “The hope is to make this an annual event and invite anyone in the community and other churches to join us next year,” Shelton-Janck said. But for now, Rolling Bay is pleased by the efforts of its members. “It’s been very nice to see new members involved, as well as people like me who have been here for 35 years,” Thompson said. “We have a wide spectrum of ages and it’s fun to see how people have been able to plug themselves into the project.” Teens dressed as Mary mingle with older members dressed as wise men. Babies crawl on the floor among wooden shields and play swords. “Even if we stopped right now and nobody came, it’s been worth what we’ve done so far,” said Ron Birum, of the building committee. “We’ve already gotten something out of it just by doing this together.” Shelton-Janck hopes people enjoy the Bethlehem Experience and connect their enjoyment with Christ’s birth. “If they walk away with that, that’s plenty,” he said. There won’t be donation boxes or people pounding the pulpit. This is designed to be a time to reflect and wonder about the time surrounding Christ’s birth. “There has been a heck of a lot of prayer going on for good weather and for the safety of people,” Thompson said. “It’s been a fabulous project and we want it to be wonderful for the whole community.” Bethlehem experienceDate: Dec. 2 and 3Time: 6-9 p.m.Where: Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive, Bainbridge Island. Call: (206) 842-3098.Info: Watch for car attendants, as cars will line up on Valley Road to enter the parking lot. When driving through Bethlehem, drivers will be asked to turn off their headlights. Contact North Kitsap Herald Kitsap Week Erin Jennings at [email protected] or (360) 779-4464.
  2. Rudolph, Frosty and Santa are synonymous with Christmas. The congregation at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church on Bainbridge Island would like to remind folks of another important Christmas figure: Jesus. “There are a lot of great displays to drive around and see Christmas lights, but there really isn’t a Bethlehem,” church member Dianne Thompson said. On Dec. 2 and 3, the parking lot of the church will be transformed into a 1st Century village, complete with Roman soldiers, wise men, an inn and, of course, a manger. Visitors can stay cozy as they drive through the makeshift city of Bethlehem, transporting them back in time. They will witness a bustling city, nomad encampments and town fixtures such as the tax collector and bakery. “We are trying to make the scene as authentic as possible, without going crazy,” coordinator Molly Dunn said. Actors will be allowed to wear glasses (a relatively new invention) but children are encouraged to keep their light-up shoes at home. More than 117 costumes have been created for the townspeople. Members of the congregation have had great fun choosing their characters. Costumes range from ornate and lavish for the very wealthy, to tattered and worn for the poor — and come in all sizes, from extra-extra large to extra small. Dunn, who was part of a similar experience at a church in California, brought the idea to Rolling Bay Presbyterian in mid-September. She expected the congregation to start planning it for the 2012 holiday season. Instead, the idea was met with such enthusiasm it was decided to move ahead with it this year. The difference between Dunn’s church in California and Rolling Bay is many of the California congregants work in the movie industry and have easy access to lighting and props. “But here we have livestock right across the street,” Dunn said. And although they may not work in Hollywood, congregants at Rolling Bay have proven their own with set and costume design. Marathon sewing sessions took place in the church basement. Those who lacked sewing skills cut fabric or ironed. Props were collected, timber cut from yards, and permits secured from the city. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was this Bethlehem. Pastor Marty Shelton-Janck estimates that when the entire production is complete, more than 5,000 volunteer hours will have been spent. “The hope is to make this an annual event and invite anyone in the community and other churches to join us next year,” Shelton-Janck said. But for now, Rolling Bay is pleased by the efforts of its members. “It’s been very nice to see new members involved, as well as people like me who have been here for 35 years,” Thompson said. “We have a wide spectrum of ages and it’s fun to see how people have been able to plug themselves into the project.” Teens dressed as Mary mingle with older members dressed as wise men. Babies crawl on the floor among wooden shields and play swords. “Even if we stopped right now and nobody came, it’s been worth what we’ve done so far,” said Ron Birum, of the building committee. “We’ve already gotten something out of it just by doing this together.” Shelton-Janck hopes people enjoy the Bethlehem Experience and connect their enjoyment with Christ’s birth. “If they walk away with that, that’s plenty,” he said. There won’t be donation boxes or people pounding the pulpit. This is designed to be a time to reflect and wonder about the time surrounding Christ’s birth. “There has been a heck of a lot of prayer going on for good weather and for the safety of people,” Thompson said. “It’s been a fabulous project and we want it to be wonderful for the whole community.” Bethlehem experienceDate: Dec. 2 and 3Time: 6-9 p.m.Where: Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive, Bainbridge Island. Call: (206) 842-3098.Info: Watch for car attendants, as cars will line up on Valley Road to enter the parking lot. When driving through Bethlehem, drivers will be asked to turn off their headlights. Contact North Kitsap Herald Kitsap Week Erin Jennings at [email protected] or (360) 779-4464. http://www.northkitsapherald.com/lifestyle/134849158.html
  3. Dale, add me to the list!!! A big "THANK YOU" to those of you who sent cards to my mother (Barbara Carroll) last Christmas (2010). She was in the nursing home and you all made her last Christmas very special! If any of you have a parent in a nursing home, let me know and I will send them a Christmas card too!!
  4. Hi ya'll! GOOD NEWS: I mailed cards for me and Barbara Carroll (my mom) on Monday and included an ornament in each card! BAD NEWS: Today I got one of my own cards back because the address label had come off. Hopefully, this only happened to one of the cards, but if anyone doesnt get our cards in about a week; please let me know!! Just PM me here on PC. Thanks!
  5. Need Advise On Painting/Shading Cutouts...

    This link is to the multiple video's from Michaels (craft store) showing a specialized painting technique called "one stroke painting". You load a brush with several colors of paint and with one stroke you have both the color and shading. The technique seems easy, and the multiple videos show lots of variations and how to do it easily as well as demos of several products to make painting easier. http://www.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Michaels-Site/default/Search-ShowContent?fdid=tipstechniques-craftpainting-videos I think it may be an especially useful technique for those like ME who are amateurs at painting and get more on my skin and my clothes than the project when simply taking the lid off the paint can...Soooo glad when latex paint was invented!!!
  6. Need Advise On Painting/Shading Cutouts...

    Here's a link to a great tutorial for painting wooden figures: http://www.landolights.com/main/content/view/62/39/ I believe the person who made the tutorial is a Planet Christmas member, but I dont know who it is. Two years ago, my Mom painted the penguin building an igloo scene. We primed the wood first, then used the full sheet (4x8ft) of transfer paper to copy the paper pattern onto the wood. We used a roto-zip cutter to actually cut the wood, and didnt have much trouble with splintering. We used the exact color the instructions recommended. As mentioned by others here, viewing up close, the painting looks rather amateurish. I thought I was going to be disappointed. However, when the penguin & igloo was placed near the house and viewed from the street, AND at night with the ambient lights from the display rather than a spotlight, the effect was really good and I was more than pleasantly surprised. The black color for outlining gave lots of depth to the figures. The lines you refer to give the illusion of depth to the figures. I am NOT a painter, but I have also seen these kind of wooden figures airbrushed rather than painted with a brush. The effect is really great. I intend to invest in an airbrush setup and instruction video after I get my regular lights converted to LED's. Good luck!
  7. stringing lights inside? attach on windows?

    My windows have a wooden frame around them. I put a small finishing nail at each top corner of the indoor window frame. (ie nail placed into the drywall; at the 2 corners where the sides of the window frame meet the top) I folded a string of 100 lights in 1/3 and then centered the lights around the left/top/right sides of the window and used the nails to hold the lights in place. I also used 2 strings of lights and used a small zip lock tie around the lights and over the nail to hold it in place. I also use this technique to mount garland around my front door. Nails above the door, drape the garland over the nails and I add red ribbons to the garland. cheap...easy...and if you paint the nail the same color as the wall, you can leave it up year around!
  8. think I bit off mor then I can chew

    No one but YOU knew exactly what big awesomely creative ideas and plans that you have in mind every year for your holiday display!!! SO, no one but YOU will be disappointed if you dont meet or exceed those expectations!!! Trust me. Everyone else will be so excited to see your display!!! Now when they want to know what you have planned for next years display...just smile and say "Santa hasn't told me yet...Come back next year and you see for yourself!"
  9. Not exactly a Village...

    Look at what I found on youtube! Lakeland Miniature Show and Sale-Our Town Pt 1 Enjoy!
  10. Life size Father Christmas prop

    If you dont mind a little work: How bout using a halloween mask filled up with a balloon or newspaper to make it hold its shape, then putting paper mache' on top to redo the face from scary to santa-like! A little paint, a wig and a great set of clothes and you wont know the ol' boy came from a totally different holiday! Using the mask as the base will allow you to have the ready made facial features in the mostly correct proportions, especially useful if you are semi-artistically challenged like me!
  11. Post Your Hand Made Ornament Ideas Here!

    This one was filled with pot-pourri, but I was thinking of filling some with both white beach sand, small pieces of beach glass and some of those tiny little shells that you can barely see but love to pick up when you are sitting in the sand and enjoying the sun!
  12. Unfortunately, my house wont hold those beautifully decorated 10' tall pine beauties, so I am looking for new ideas for new ideas for tiny trees in each room!! Here's an idea for one with seashells...
  13. Not exactly a Village...

    I really love doll houses...and dress one up in Christmas attire and it's on my "must have someday" list!!!
  14. JEWELS OF THE SEA ORNAMENTS Turn wooden snowflake cutouts from Hobby Lobby into awesome beach type themed ornaments!! Painted them with diluted Elmer's glue, and pour sand (the kids play sand for sandboxes works great!) on them to coat. After they dried, give them a good coat of a clear sealer to keep the Sand from falling off. Add a little ribbon to tie them to the tree!
  15. Here's a new item I had never seen before! Looks like I'm gonna have to get one!!! Around The Christmas Tree Train Set Here's a new holiday classic that will animate any Christmas tree: The Christmas Tree Train Set. It is a new kind of Christmas tree decor that is sure to start conversations at this years family gathering or company Christmas event. It mounts directly onto the trunk of your Christmas tree and it plays train sounds. The Christmas Tree Train Set includes an engine, oil car, coal car and caboose that ride on a circle track that is 36" in diameter. Features include: Plays train sounds Mounts on tree trunk Train set includes: Engine Oil car Coal car Caboose Track Mounting frame Specifications: 36" in diameter Requires 4 x "AA" batteries (not included) HERE'S THE PICTURE AND ORDERING INFO! http://www.brandsonsale.com/hg-004610.html
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