Exhibit portrays the magic of Christmas
by Paisley Boston
Dec 15, 2013 | 1951 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Library Exhibit
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Miniature Santas have taken center stage at the Robinson-Carpenter Memorial Library in Cleveland.

As guests walk into the library, they are able to view and somewhat experience the many tasks of Santa.

"Most of my displays focus on all of the things that Santa does the night before Christmas. A few of the scenes show what Santa does when he is not preparing for Christmas – I have a scene that shows Santa fishing and one of him gardening," said former Delta State University art teacher Catherine Koehler.

"The displays seem to just take on a life of their own. It is definitely my favorite thing to do at Christmas," she added.

Koehler, who has been constructing and setting up the Christmas displays for over 20 years, said she chose the library because it is a good central location for people to come and view them."

"I usually try to have the displays put up before the Christmas parade because a lot of people park their cars at the library during the parade, but this year I was not able to put the display up before the parade because of the weather," said Koehler.

“This was the first year ever that I did not make it in time for the Christmas parade," she added.

According to Koehler, she was inspired to construct the scenes after receiving a Christmas gift from her mother that brought back memories from her childhood.

"I was inspired to begin doing the displays after my mother purchased me two little figure skaters — I use to be a figure skater. One of my first scenes was of Santa and Mrs. Claus skating and from then on it just mushroomed," she added.

Koehler said each piece constructed and placed into the displays holds significance her and her family.

"The picture that is above the fireplace is from a greeting card that was given to my husband and I from the priest that married us. In the bedroom scene, the bedspread was made from a placemat that was made by my great aunt," she said.

"When my husband and I go on trips, I try to find items that would fit into one of the scenes and they are usually family souvenirs," she added.

According to Koehler, she finds some of the materials in stores or at yard sales but most of it is handmade.

"We used to have a store in town called Dunlap's that sold a lot of little ornaments. I would purchase a lot of my material from there but most of the things are handmade. The chair in the living room is literally made from cardboard and the floor is made of Popsicle sticks."

She has constructed over 15 scenes and one scene shows Santa going to church the day of Christmas and worshiping because Christmas is suppose to be about the birth of Jesus.