DELPHOS — Bev Jettinghoff and Meghan Ryba invite the Delphos community to share in their joy of Christmas by participating in the “Spirit of Christmas” House Decorating Contest. The pair have pooled their efforts to offer a contest to those who share a little Christmas cheer with their neighbors.
Residents in the Delphos City School District are encouraged to decorate their homes and then register them for voting. Registration forms are available at the Delphos City Building on Canal Street; the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce on North Main Street; and all Delphos banks. They are due back at the city building by Nov. 30. Judging will take place on Dec. 6 (St. Nick’s Day). Winners will be announced in The Delphos Herald.
Homes will be judged in four categories:
— Religious — best display with a religious theme.
— Nostalgic — most old-fashioned, “best reminds me” display;
— Clark Griswald — excessive use of outdoor lighting and decoration; and
— Inside Out — indoor displays that are visible from the street.
A grand prize “People’s Choice” will also be chosen.
The winner of each category will receive $50 and “People’s Choice” is worth $100.
While their goals are the same, the reasons the two came together to offer the contest are different.
The late Betty Honigford loved Christmas. She actually loved all holidays but Christmas especially.
“Mom loved to decorate for Christmas,” Bev (Honigford) Jettinghoff said. “She had stained-glass panels she would put in specific windows, we always went to Midnight Mass, we had a chubby Christmas tree instead of the skinny one my dad would have preferred and she always took angels off the trees at the nursing home and for the Community Christmas Project. She also helped with the fruit baskets for shut-ins.”
Other memories Jettinghoff holds dear are the homemade nativity scene that baby Jesus appeared in on Christmas morning and the meticulously wrapped presents that also didn’t appear until that morning.
Ryba and her family moved to Delphos from Youngstown some years ago. They always enjoyed driving around their community and looking at Christmas lights.
“We just haven’t been able to find anything around here that compares closer than Bluffton,” Ryba said. “We miss doing that as a family.”