By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Garden Tour and Publicity Chair.
Mill Creek Garden Club members avoided being on Santa’s “Naughty List” by bringing toys, stuffed animals, hats and mittens, holiday gift wrap and lights to the Club’s annual Christmas party on December 10, 2019.
All the donated items were loaded into cars by a volunteer Crew of Elves and delivered to Christmas House, Everett, for local families needing a little cheer at Christmastime.
The Club’s annual “gifting” tradition was started in 2012 by then Christmas Committee Chair Judy Morrier. How fitting that Judy was a Co-Chair for this year’s party; we think we heard her singing, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," as the foyer at Shawn O’Donnell’s overflowed with gifts.
This fun-loving group also came to party and most were up for a challenge—the Club’s first ever “ugly or beautiful” Holiday Sweater Contest, complete with ballots, voting and prizes. It was sensory overload as most everyone wore festive sweaters in red, green, blue and black.
There were sweaters from simply garish to elaborately tasteful; from silly cats in Santa hats to on-the-edge elves; from a camel in snow boots to a pack of Pekinese dogs pulling a sleigh; there were even sweaters with flashing lights.
When the ballots were counted four plucky women scored prizes: garnering the most votes was Kathy Thomas, who could have roasted chestnuts with her handmade blazing fireplace; in second place was Lila Johnson who proclaimed “Let it Snow” complete with a snow-laden tree and sparkly lights; and tying for third were Elaine Adams and Michael Crawford with their colorful and unique versions of Santa’s elves.
The room was brimming with holiday cheer and that doesn’t even consider the lovely centerpieces of red poinsettias in a glitter-dusted sleigh resting on fresh greenery and red-berried holly and glistening with snowflakes!
There were door prizes, inviting raffle baskets, delicious appetizers and a “how hard is that” Christmas Trivia game; followed by a prime rib lunch complete with all the trimmings. No wonder the Christmas Committee is the most popular, they get to be the ultimate party planners.
Thanks to all for a rollicking good party! And a tip of Santa’s hat to our Crew of Elves: Duane Huckell, Rick Myers, Jeff Jacobson, and Patrick Corbiere; you guys really delivered!
Making spirits bright, sweaters we can’t forget, and gifting those in need—all part of the Mill Creek Garden Club’s traditional Christmas party.
Making Christmas merry & bright for families benefited by Christmas House in Everett. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.