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The Early Christian Church was filled with Christmas trees, shimmering garlands and the aroma of freshly baked cookies as vendors and community members gathered on Saturday for the eighth annual Christmas Bazaar event.

“It just gives us a reason to have more fun and see these friends that we haven’t seen in a while,” said event organizer Brenda Mosby.






Brenda Mosby, the organizer of the First Christian Church’s Christmas bazaar, sells handmade jewelry in Colombia on Saturday. It was the first bazaar after the pandemic.



The last time the event was held, over 460 community members and friends attended. Mosby said on Saturday morning that she hoped for an even bigger turnout this year.

In a large, white room decorated for the holidays, six rows of tables were lined with vendors of clothing, jewelry, jams, wood-carved artwork, and more.






Christmas Bell Dipthyque at the First Christian Church Christmas Bazaar and Maddie Marrero, right, serves Sandy Stallman a mug of water at the First Christian Church Christmas Bazaar

LEFT: Christmas bells at the First Christian Church Saturday Christmas Bazaar in Columbia. People sell all kinds of items including clothes, jewelry, Christmas decorations, and cookies. RIGHT: Maddie Marrero, right, serves Sandy Stallman a cup of water at the First Christian Church Christmas Bazaar on Saturday in Columbia. Morrero helped sell food and drinks at the event.



Cliff Judy was among many other vendors at the event, representing his and his wife’s small business, MyTurn.

“It’s pretty amazing when you have an entire room full of stuff that has been, literally, made locally,” Judy said.

MyTurn is a clothing brand that aims to inspire young girls with empowering slogans that crush gender roles. Judy hires an artist from St. Louis and a printer from Columbia because it is important to her that his business relies on local suppliers.

“All these women and men here are doing this stuff on their own, which is really cool,” he said. “It’s a testament to the lady who’s organizing this, Brenda, that she makes a point of doing it. “






Megan and Cliff Judy at their booth at the Christian Church's First Christmas Bazaar

Megan and Cliff Judy at their booth at the Christian Church’s First Christmas Bazaar Saturday in Columbia. The Judys sell clothes that promote equal representation in jobs.



Susan Wilson came from Illinois to attend the event and see her daughter, who was baking Christmas cookies for sale.

Wilson likes to go to these kinds of events because she enjoys shopping for handmade items with love.

“It’s a bit of a lost art sometimes,” she said. Christmas carpentry and knots were among Wilson’s favorite artisan items sold.






Diptych of Linda Chandler sells handmade Christmas decorations and Brenda Moslay works at her booth at the First Christian Christmas Church

LEFT: Linda Chandler sells handmade Christmas decorations at her Christmas bazaar stand at First Christian Church on Saturday in Colombia. Chandler’s decorations include wreaths, baskets and candy canes. RIGHT: Brenda Mosby works at her booth at the Christian Church’s First Saturday Christmas Bazaar in Columbia. Mosby said the bazaar is a “community” event.



The key chains and scarves caught the eye of 19-year-old Maddie Marrero. Responsible for working on the event each year, Marrero appreciates the calm it brings.

“It really puts me in the holiday spirit,” she said. “And it’s really cool to see what people do because I know a lot of these people in other contexts, but seeing them create all of these things is really interesting.”






The first Christian church hosts a Christmas bazaar

The First Christian Church is having a Saturday Christmas Bazaar in Columbia. The early Christian church was filled with Christmas trees, sparkling garlands and cookies as vendors and community members gathered for the eighth annual Christmas Bazaar event.



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