It may seem early to think about decking the halls and spreading Christmas cheer, but the elves of St. John’s Anglican Church Women have been doing just that since the summertime.
The group is preparing for its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the church hall, but work on the event has been quietly taking place for weeks.
“It takes a long time to put an event like this together,” said ACW member Nancy Puhr.
But that’s because in addition to all the typical hallmarks of a great holiday bazaar like baking, granny’s attic treasures and festive crafts, St. John’s bazaar has a few unique twists. Perhaps the most unique of these being the ready-made gift baskets they offer for sale. Baskets range in price from $5 to $35 and there are theme baskets for men, ladies, children, caregivers, teachers and even that special four-legged friend in your life. With the average gift basket being just $15, the options for affordable Christmas gifts for everyone on your list are many.
If you love baking during the holidays but loathe those trips to the store for all the ingredients needed to whip up scrumptious squares or decadent cookies, St. John’s has you covered there, too. The group is offering cookie mix in a jar (just add wet ingredients) for $5, brownies and squares in a jar for $8, and even soup mix in a jar for $5.
If you just can’t resist a taste of the holidays, be sure to stop by St. John’s bake table, where cookies and squares will be available for purchase on glass or crystal platters. Trays range in size and price from $5 to $18. Already wrapped, these make a great hostess or thank-you gift.
Among the best-selling items at the bazaar is the mincemeat. Described as ‘famous’ by ACW vice-president Joanne Coffin, the mincemeat will be on sale for $6 per container. Those who purchase two containers or more will receive a free mincemeat cookbook.
Those who enjoy hand-made items should plan a stop at the craft table where wood craft and handicraft items will abound. And don’t forget the purse and jewelry table if you’re searching for something to bling up your holiday ensemble.
Of course all that shopping and merry-making can work up a fierce hunger, so if you visit St. John’s bazaar, don’t miss the tea room. For just $5 (kids five and under eat for free) you can enjoy some light refreshments and relaxation, and the bonus is that your tea room admission comes with a chance to win a door prize.
"This is a great way to start your shopping early because we are selling ready-made Christmas baskets and baking trays for this festive season,” said ACW member Joanne Coffin. "We are looking forward to another successful bazaar and would like thank all those who have participated in the past."
The bazaar runs 11 a.m. to 2 pm at the church hall on Nov. 8.