I arrived around 1:45 in the afternoon yesterday. I was layered in long-johns, skirt and long-sleeved tee shirt, sweater, and sheer over-costume. I wore wool socks and my snow boots. At that time in the afternoon it was above 50 degrees so I was plenty warm. But by the time my part was over and I started for home, it was 10:00 and around 37 degrees. I could no longer feel my fingers or my toes.
Parking was about a quarter mile away from the staging area.
When I got there, the line to check in was already forming and it grew to be blocks long. The guys in the yellow vests were there to monitor and pick people out to be in the last angel segment. I got picked and moved up to the front of the line to register. I was given a purple wristband to designate what angel section I was supposed to be in.
At first it seemed pretty quiet in the staging area, but by the time everyone got there it was a bustle of people 1039 strong.
It was reported by those who came from the north that it was snowing, but where we were (in Provo, Utah) the sky was a gorgeous blue.
On the left of the previous picture are the heaters that burned later in the night. But with over 1000 people, only a few found warmth there.
Eventually we were herded into the orange mesh area and given another wristband to facilitate counting of participants. I am up at the top back of this group.
Cameras were attached to these balloons that were maneuvered up and down for filming all day.
I am the light head on the top row of angels in this picture.
I am at the top, furthest left, in this picture. We are shouting hurrah that we broke the world record.
We were moved into our designated area for rehearsals that went on for a couple hours.
I was a hill angel. I’m at the top on the hill.
As the sun went down in the west, the moon rose in the east, and the chill breeze lowered the temperature considerably. Here you see the balloon cameras high in the sky.
These are the angels with lights in their costumes, watching us practice our part. I am over on the far hill under the bright lights.
The arrow is pointing to me, next to the fog. They blew fog out in great billows during actual filming.
They took about 100 of our angels to increase the number of lighted angels for filming. This is one of the many times the lighted-angel segment was shot.
Almost all of the lighted angels were excused to leave at this point. About 25 were asked to stay for another shot that would be around the manger scene. Then they focused their filming on the manger with us in the background. This is what it looked like from my view.
After the manger scene shooting our angel segment sang our song over and over and over and over and over and over . . . We had bells and candles. I was a candle holder. They had a camera below, a drone camera flying around us, and men walking among us with cameras. At last they told everyone who felt they could not stand the cold any longer they could leave. The rest of us practiced again with our walking down off the hill while we sang and the remaining lighted angels circling the manger.
By this time the grass on the hill was immensely slippery. Each time we went up and down I truly feared I would be caught on camera as I fell head over heel, literally! But, thank goodness, I was able to keep on my feet.
After nine long hours of mostly standing in the cold, we were told we were finished. I had a terrible time fishing my car key out of my boot. My fingers just simply were without feeling, nor could they bend or grip anything. But you know what made it all worth it? At the end, one of the directors said, “You have been a part of history. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world will come unto Christ because of this video.”
Some days before, a Facebook friend posted this poster.
That day I saw the article in the paper about this event and a website to go to to register to be a part of making history. Something told me this is that thing I needed to do that my future self would thank me for. I signed up that day, figured out my costume, and with determination fulfilled what I set out to do.