Tibbs Eve 2013

Happy Tibbs Eve everyone!! This is a special day for many people here in Newfoundland and Labrador, especially us Baymen. For generations Tibbs Eve has been celebrated in rural NL, but over the past few years it has crept into the cities, spoke of on radio shows and even pubs are having their own celebration. I do feel this is all good as it is getting the meaning of the tradition promoted and celebrated by new participants. The tradition is open to many interpretations, for my grandfather it was time (in the early years) to get home from being away working, to ensure all preparations are good to go for the celebration of Christmas. To ensure this, Tibbs Eve was a day of sampling, spirits, food, and dusting off a musical instrument, Pop was a very good accordion and harmonica player.

One of my Christmas favorites!! Photo by www.mama-know.com

One of my Christmas favorites!!
Photo by http://www.mama-know.com

I remember visiting Nan and Pop just as soon as pop returned with my uncles from getting the provisions. The smell of freshly baked fruit cakes and raisin bread would put a smile on your just as you entered (you could also smell the fresh paint, an annual tradition too). We always got to taste what Nan was making, one of my favorites was the fruit cake, Aunt Bonita made a tasty tomato soup fruit cake.

Pops favorite was Lamb's Palm Breeze, a Newfoundland favorite.

Pops favorite was Lamb’s Palm Breeze, a Newfoundland favorite.


In later years it was our turn to take Pop shopping and of course come back for the “sampling” , I still had a little cake but was always anxious to try a little dram of rum in a legion glass. It was only a taste and it did have to be kept for the Christmas season, the full 12 days of Christmas, there was no commercialization in Nan and Pops house.
However you wish to observe this day of final preparation and sampling do so with gratification, that you are ready, ready to celebrate this holy season.
Happy Tibbs Eve

Finding Christmas

Maggie and Kaegan a few years back visiting Nan and Pop Noels Nativity, a special memory

Maggie and Kaegan a few years back visiting Nan and Pop Noels Nativity, a special memory


Most of us have fond memories of Christmas: a favorite song, a memorable event, a special family member or an unforgettable present. We try to keep these in our hearts and of course they help us get that warm and cozy feeling for the season.
For me, I think Christmas appeals to the senses; my memories are triggered by sights, smells, tastes and sounds. It is funny I guess, but the smell of fresh paint any time of year makes me think of Christmas preparations at my grandparents’ house, regardless if it was needed or not there was always a fresh coat of paint for the kitchen. Other smells would include purity syrup, evergreen branches, chimney smoke, fruit cake and homemade baked bread. Sounds that make me think of Christmas would have to be choirs, Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Perry Como, and Paul McCartney just to name a few (yes I love the oldies!!). Snow crunching under my feet on a bitterly cold evening makes me think of Christmas. Flickering lights, snow and the excitement on children’s faces all bring a smile to my face and remind me of past Christmases. Those who do believe in all aspects of Christmas like to rekindle these memories and “Find Christmas”. When we find Christmas, it makes us happy; it brings us (at least me) to a place of contentment and peace. Stress caused by the commercialism disappears and we are in it for the right reasons, to celebrate!
Finding Christmas in the Fishermans Shed on the Shoreline Walk

Finding Christmas in the Fishermans Shed on the Shoreline Walk


Last year I wanted to create an evening that would give participants the opportunity to “find” their inner Christmas. The Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation hosted this event at the Fisherman’s Shed on the Heritage Walking Trail. The Red Fisherman’s Shed was the setting for an amazing evening of songs, poems, stories and fellowship. It was and is a perfect venue for such an event. One of the most special parts of the evening was when the participants shared stories of Christmas’s past, I personally found them interesting, but for my two children, these stories opened a portal to the past, to simpler days, it gave them a view of a different Christmas.

We were supposed to host another one of these events this year, but due the weather we had to cancel (we had to cancel it due to schedule conflicts.)
Even though it did not go ahead this year, here is my description of the concept behind “Finding Christmas” as well as a opening prayer from our friend Rick Olsen.

Here is a segment from YouTube of me singing The First Noel @ “Finding Christmas 2012”

I hope that during this festive time of year you all find your inner Christmas and create lasting memories for you and those around you.
Merry Christmas!

Volunteers and Christmas in Bay Roberts!!

Bay Roberts is a very active community, especially during the Christmas season. We are blessed with so many volunteers who help make our celebrations a reality and of course special. Our preparations start in September but the set up begins in November. Here are a few pictures of some of the preparations, I also threw in a few from both our Santa Claus Parades. (I hope you voted in our pole!!)

Some of our volunteer team making wreaths. We have been doing this for years! A wonderful tradition.

Some of our volunteer team making wreaths. We have been doing this for years! A wonderful tradition.

I would like to take a moment to personally thank each and every volunteer who helps make Bay Roberts special.

I remember last winter I attended a conference on municipalities, the guest speaker was very engaging, she made a comment that has always been my professional mantra, but she affirmed my thoughts. “Every community has, water, sewer, garbage collection, snow ploughs, etc,(all essential and important btw) but it is the special things your community does for its residents that makes it a desirable place to live” (loosely quoted). I believe Bay Roberts is one of those communities; we are special because of our volunteers.

This past week in Bay Roberts was very hectic with many events have a look below:

Ruth Murray and her group lighting it up at the Bay Roberts Night Time Parade!!

Ruth Murray and her group lighting it up at the Bay Roberts Night Time Parade!!


Special thanks to Catherine's Dance Studio!! You all helped make the first Night Tome Parade a huge success!!

Special thanks to Catherine’s Dance Studio!! You all helped make the first Night Tome Parade a huge success!!


Fergus O'Byrne and Jim Payne in concert at the Bay Roberts Legion was a nice way to get everyone in the mood for Christmas and the Day Time Santa Claus Parade the next day!!

Fergus O’Byrne and Jim Payne in concert at the Bay Roberts Legion was a nice way to get everyone in the mood for Christmas and the Day Time Santa Claus Parade the next day!!


Chomper is everywhere, even in a dory at the Bay Roberts Santa Claus Parade!!

Chomper is everywhere, even in a dory at the Bay Roberts Santa Claus Parade!!


One of my favorite floats of the parade was the "Santa is Going Green" by the new Bay Roberts Communities in Bloom Committee and the Department of Public Works!! (don't forget, curb side recycling is coming this January!!)

One of my favorite floats of the parade was the “Santa is Going Green” by the new Bay Roberts Communities in Bloom Committee and the Department of Public Works!! (don’t forget, curb side recycling is coming this January!!)


This years parade was recorded by Bell Aliant!! I will post the link as soon as it get it!! Special thank you to Mayor Phil Wood and Amy House for hosting the program!!

This years parade was recorded by Bell Aliant!! I will post the link as soon as it get it!! Special thank you to Mayor Phil Wood and Amy House for hosting the program!!

There are a great deal of on going events throughout the month of December. I know you all have hectic schedules, but please keep in mind the Nativity collection at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints on Central Street. This display is uplifting and for those of you looking for a taste of true Christmas spirit, please take your families and visit, you will not be disappointed.
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I will leave you with this final picture. I know Catherine and Steve Armiger are helpful people but they really helped this reindeer when he needed a rest before heading back to the North Pole , Thanks Steve and Catherine, and Merry Christmas!!

Looks like he is very comfy!!

Looks like he is very comfy!!