Christmas Kite

by Gary Crenshaw
(Hampton, GA, USA)

I can't speak for others but at my house every Chrismas season there is always pieces of gift wrapping paper laying around everywhere. Now it is forbidden to even think about wrapping a gift in the old paper left over from last year, I guess its just a 'wife thing' but if you intend on keeping peace in the family take my advice and just go along with it and life will go along at a much easier pace.

With all the short pieces and small rolls of paper left from last Christmas guess what I do with it, you're right a Christmas kite is born.

I usually make about a forty inch Diamond kite with ribbon tails and fly it at every chance I get through the Christmas season. There is a lot you can say about traditions and the way we celebrate holidays but there's one thing for sure -- You can't say Santa doesn't fly over my house!

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Some dress their house in lights...
by: Tim Parish

And others fly Christmas kites! Thanks again Gary. I'd say you are the most prolific MBK kite-story contributor at this point :-)

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Sode is a traditional Japanese design, and this MBK version is exciting to watch in rough air!

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This Sode flies steep and steady over the Light wind range, and starts to move around quite a bit when the wind picks up to Moderate levels. Tail(s) are entirely optional, but may be added for looks.

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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7