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Dreaming of an ugly Christmas

‘Twas the season to bring out those ugly Christmas sweaters for those on hand Dec. 21 for Saved To Inspire Revival’s inaugural Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.

The event was designed to give young adults in their 20s and 30s a chance to break out of their comfort zone and enjoy fellowship, food and fun.

“There’s nothing for that age group, and we just wanted to be able to start something for them to be able to form relationships with other people,” said Judy Bulti, a member of Faith Christian Reformed Church.

STIR was formed in February 2017 by members of the church and is open to the community. Since that time, they’ve organized a number of events for people to enjoy.

“We’re hoping we can get all kinds of 20s and 30s to come and join us and have a good time,” said Barb DeBoer, another member of Faith Christian Reformed Church.

The event opened with prayer, followed by some refreshments and games.

Organizers started planning to hold an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party about six months before the event.

Gift certificates were awarded to those on hand who sported the sweater that was the ugliest, most creative or that most resembles what a grandparent would wear.

Everyone was allowed to purchase their ugly Christmas sweater or make one if they desired.

“It just lets the creativity come out in that person, I think,” Bulti said.

DeBoer agreed.

“Sometimes we put too much emphasis on what you wear and what you don’t wear,” she said. “This is to take all that way and just have fun.”

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