Mother and Daughter’s Christmas Tradition
The mother and daughter duo of Becky Baker and Linda Ebert of New Martinsville, WV., have a Christmas tradition of setting up a Christmas village every year. The Christmas village is animated playing Christmas music for different sections of the Christmas village.
Baker and Ebert have spent 130 hours setting up this year’s Christmas village, which contains Frozen, Carnival, National Lampoon’s vacation, Steelers, West Virginia University, The Grinch and New Martinsville villages. The village takes up the whole living room of Baker’s home. The village is also multi- level in which Baker and Ebert have added hills and mountains to add dimension.
Ebert spent all year working and detailing parts of New Martinsville. Ebert spent countless hours putting together and hand- making Wayside, Witschey’s, Quinet’s and Ace Hardware. Baker and Ebert’s New Martinsville Christmas Village contain the different business in New Martinsville.
In order to honor a great man in the community of New Martinsville, Ebert and Baker put in an ice skating rink to mimic Danny Westfall’s ice skating rink that he puts on for the children every year. The ice skating rink is a community favorite that Westfall makes possible.
“We felt as if we should put the ice skating rink there. After all that Mr. Danny does for the kids,” Baker said.
For the Frozen village, Baker spent hours using a Styrofoam cutter to shave and cut Styrofoam to make it look like mountains. Baker also sprinkled the Styrofoam with glitter. The frozen village came together for one of the lady’s relatives.
“We put the Frozen village together for my niece KayLynn,” Baker said.
Baker and Ebert work together as a team in order to put together this Christmas village, it takes hours to put together the Christmas village even with the two of them working together. Baker remarks about how she could not put together the Christmas village without her mother.
“I hope to continue this tradition with my mom for many years to come,” Baker said.