News Icon

News: Christmas comes early at decorating workshop

Story by Pfc. Nikki PhongsisattanakSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - When doors opened for Black Friday, mobs of people swarmed the shelves and rushed to grab merchandise, most of which will be gifts for Christmas. Buying gifts may have been difficult, but for some, the challenge lies in wrapping and decorating presents.

For patrons aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, the Christmas Card workshop hosted by Marine Corps Community Services at Harriotte B. Smith Library aboard the base offered guidance on crafting gift card holders and gift tags to perk up the presents.

“This is a way for people to put themselves into the gift,” said Anne-Marie Wiley, the instructor for the workshop.

The event was free to all authorized patrons and crafting supplies were also provided.

“I prepare the supplies to help make the crafting easier,” said Wiley. “Some of the participants say they don’t have any artistic talent or skill, but many of them proved themselves wrong. They do all the crafting on their own and bring out their activity.”

Wiley had pre-cut paper with score lines to help guide participants through the crafting. She also offered different stamp designs, paper colors and ribbons. Crafters personalized gift tags with their own designs.

The group attending the workshop immersed themselves with their projects. Their eyes were glued to their creations. Everyone was focused and the room was silenced, except for the snipping scissors and the shuffling from people finding their next decorative item.

“I really like this program because it gives kids who are a little bit older a chance to work together and it gets them motivated and excited for Christmas,” said Jill Gibler, a military spouse attending the workshop with her daughters. “This was also a way for us to learn about the other programs that the library offers.”

Cookies and beverages were offered to participants, but they seemed to be untouched and forgotten as participants became immersed in their creations.

Wiley offered two one-hour-workshops that day, both of which were full.

“I enjoy watching the teens put their own spin on the basic project that I start them with,” said Wiley. “They’re taking the projects and they’re running with it. This is a hobby that I enjoy partaking, and to be able to share it with others is awesome.”

For more information on this event, call 451-3026 or visit www.mccslejeune.com.


Web Views
4
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Christmas comes early at decorating workshop, by LCpl Nikki Phongsisattanak, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.19.2011

Date Posted:11.30.2011 16:41

Location:CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, USGlobe

More Like This

  • The holiday season is a time for sharing and caring, especially when it comes to family. Christmas is traditionally greeted with a decorated Christmas tree, lots of gifts and a big family dinner.
  • A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Santa’s Workshop in the Fort Hood Tax Center at Fort Hood Nov. 1. 
	SWS is a non-profit organization designed to help active-duty military families provide Christmas gifts to their children during times of financial hardship. To commemorate SWS’ grand opening, leaders throughout Fort Hood attended the ceremony.
  • Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers gathered together at the Ironhorse Oasis Dining Facility Dec. 21 to celebrate Christmas a traditional way: decorating Christmas cookies.
  • As Halloween decorations come down, some stores start preparing for Christmas early. From sales to giveaways, Christmas fever is spreading. For the Marines it means something else: there are toys to be collected.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr