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Christmas tea at St. Patrick’s brings special treats

Preparations for Christmas in Pagosa would not be complete without the annual Christmas Tea offered by the women of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. The event held last Sunday afternoon in the church was an elegant affair, including lovely Christmas decorations, sumptuous sweet treats, tea served in a variety of lovely china cups, Christmas music, door prizes, and donations to local non-profits. Though the event is attended primarily by women in the community, there were a few men who enjoyed the event as well.

Linda Warren, chair and coordinator of the annual event, has had plenty of experience in organizing the entire congregation in working together to make the event happen. For months in advance of the annual tea, the women of the church bake a delicious variety of cookies that are combined in Christmas packaging and sold for $10 per box. The money received is donated to local charities. The women also bring in their best china cups, saucers, and tea pots that are placed on the tables. On the day of the tea the church is transformed from a place of worship to a place of elegant hospitality as chairs are cleared, tables are brought in, table cloths are spread, decorations are put in place, and delicious gourmet treats are set on the serving tables. Christmas music is piped in through the church’s sound system and an atmosphere is created to help put everyone in the mood for Christmas cheer.

“This is a wonderful event that the church has provided for the community for a number of years,” says Fr. Doug Neel. “It is one that really helps set the mood of the season,” he said. Many of those in attendance commented that this is a favorite activity that they never miss during the Christmas season. It is a time set apart from all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas preparations, a time to just sit down and enjoy the company of dear friends and enjoy the elegant preparations provided by the people of St. Patrick’s.

Door prizes were awarded, including a beautiful handmade Christmas table runner, Christmas stocking, tea cozy and tea pot, and a complimentary hair cut at The Springs Spa. Donations were awarded to the Pagosa Mountain Hospital Indigent Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Pregnancy Center, the Pagosa Springs Youth Center, and Archuleta County Victims Assistance.

All who attended promised to be back next year for this special event.