Nothing says 'Christmas Spirit' quite like a Christmas Bazaar, and St. Mark Catholic Church invites everyone to go to the 57th Christmas Bazaar at the church on Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To start the morning off right, St. Mark is providing breakfast, including muffins and quiches, and coffee from Anna's Breakfast Nook. From there, families can peruse the many shops located within the church.
"We have almost twice as much stuff as previous years," event chair Erin Fros told The Register.
The shops have expanded into the entirety of the gym, three classrooms, and two hallways. When it comes to what is available at these shops, there is something for everyone.
"We're trying to cover as many bases as we can," Frost added.
Grandma's Christmas Shop is a classroom filled with Christmas decor ranging from small ornaments to entire Christmas trees. Winter Haven provides everyone, from newborns to adults, with a selection of trendy winter clothes.
St. Mark has extended Grandpa's Attic, which is a yard sale of sorts, filled with items donated to the church, that has "rows upon rows of great deals on new and gently used items ranging from furniture, baby stuff galore, toys, books, games, bags, purses, jewelry, wall art, kitchen and household merchandise," Frost said.
At 11 a.m., St. Mark's Hispanic Ministry will be providing an authentic Mexican menu including tamales, empanadas and hot chocolate. Visitors can also snack on the Grab and Go cookie packs available in small, one pound and two pound bags. There also is a baked goods and crafts section, which has home-baked and canned foods such as fresh baked breads, cakes, pies, jams/jellies, pickles, beer cheeses and relishes.
For those who like a bit of a rush, there will be a silent auction during the bazaar. Up for grabs are themed baskets, gift card bundles, rare antiques and two handmade quilts. One also can choose to sign up for a raffle while at the bazaar, which will end that Sunday afternoon. First place is $200 gift card to Meijer and second place is a beautiful afghan.
Most of the proceeds of this event will go to the church to buy songbooks and to help fund their bereavement ministry. Items that are not sold while at the bazaar will go to the church's new sister Catholic Church in Salyserville, Ky.