Rachel Foster, Jayne Schmidt, Deb Bullard, Joyce Boyd, Carroll Adams and Betty Harrison.
Someone had a great idea - "let's decorate the Village with red bows!" That one idea grew and bonded our community, wrapping it warmly in red ushering in the 2010 Christmas Spirit in style!
Christmas arrived early November 17th, a beautiful autumn day in Bay Hill Village. The first community-wide Christmas decorating was organized and accomplished by Betty Harrison, Jayne Schmidt, Deb Bullard, Rachel Foster, Carroll Adams, Joyce Boyd and Julie Vaught. Unfortunately, Julie's work schedule prevented her from decorating but she was there in spirit! Fritz Schmidt and David Foster jumped in to assist.
Deb Bullard volunteered to make all of the bows and as of this day she'd made about 150 of them! WOW! Deb also welcomed the volunteers at her her home with bottled water and yummy candies. The group was divided into teams, bows were counted and divided and loaded into golf carts
~ Charles Dickens ~
With various lengths of cable ties and twine, along with ladders of different heights, the volunteers zoomed off on their golf carts in all directions. On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen! On Comet & Cupid & and Donner and Blitzen!
In addition to decorating the shared areas, bows were purchased by many residents to place on their mailboxes, garage lights, lampposts, deck lights and other prominent positions.
"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time."
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder ~
"Christmas is forever, not for just one day
for loving, sharing and giving are not to put away
like bells and light and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf
the good you do for others is the good you do yourself."
Normal Wesley Brooks
"Let Everyday Be Christmas" 1976
"Christmas is not so much about opening presents as opening our hearts."
~ Janice Maeditere ~
"A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
he is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime."
~ Edgar Guest ~
(Hold onto that LADDER, Betty!)
~ Dr. Seuss ~
Bows are still available, so if you've not gotten yours yet please be sure to contact one of the committee members. Bows are $5.00 each.
Contributing Photographer: Carroll Adams
Blog Administrator: Debi Bradford