With the drizzling rain, guest were welcomed to the warmth of fires, Pampered Chef making cookies in the kitchen and Christmas Carols performed by Teresa Harrison on piano of Christy and Billy Nortonâ€™s home.
Anyone passing the Nortonâ€™s home on Sunday, might think it was just another Thanksgiving get-together, but it was actually Holiday House, a McClain Christian Academy fundraiser.
â€œThis our first year as a non-profit school and our first year doing fundraisers, so we are trying stuff that is fun to go to and people donâ€™t dread attending,â€ said Mary Beard, MCA marketing director. â€œWe wanted a fundraiser that wasnâ€™t a burden but a joy.â€
Director of McClain Christian Academy, Donna Shaffer commented, â€œWe want our fundraiser to be family oriented and the open house fell right into our philosophy: â€˜Open Minds, Open Hearts.â€™ We have had a lot of parents, community members come out despite the weather. Their support not only helps the school but promotes the local businesses.â€
This event displayed many different vendors and their wears through out the house. The vendors included: Coxâ€™s, Green House Gallery, Pampered Chef, Paper Mill, Silver Ridge Pottery, Uptown Designs, Lisa Morse, Jennifer Haddock, Mojave Rock, Discovery Toys, Fresh Nashville and Moss Florist and Seed Company.
The vendors also got into the fundraising spirit. Beard points out the the vendors will be donating a portion of their profits to the academy to help with new computers and programs for the students.
Soon every room was filled with guests hanging out, eating and shopping. As new guests arrived, people bustled by taking their newly bought wreaths and gifts to their cars only to return to look some more.
â€œEverything is just stunning,â€ said MCA parent Debbie Long. â€œAbsolutely worth the effort. There is just a great turnout here, lots of participation, and a great vendor selection.â€
â€œItâ€™s early enough, they got to kickoff the season before everyone got busy,â€ Harrison said. â€œThese open houses are fun. Lots of people come by and check things out.â€
Some guest just stopped by to see how to decorate their home for the Christmas season.
â€œI had gotten so many ideas about fireplaces,â€ Harriett Taylor said. â€œHow to take simple greenery off Cedar trees and intertwine it with anything you want to put together and how well it blends.â€
During a slow moment at the door Christy Norton commented, â€œMy favorite part of this experience is seeing people happy, eating, socializing music playing in the background. I would do this again for the students.â€
â€œWe really appreciate Christy letting us use her home for this event,â€ said Shaffer.
â€œIt has been so much fun,â€ said Beard. â€œMy plans is to make it bigger and better every year. After people see how much fun it is, I think they will want to come. They can do their Christmas shopping here and get great ideas for decorating.â€