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Church hosts holiday boutique

Event: More than two dozen vendors sell crafts for Christmas season

Posted: November 14, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: November 14, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Devin Mills prepares a “warmer” at a holiday boutique at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Santa Clarita. The warmers melt wax with a low-wattage lightbulb.

Scores of visitors to the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church got an early feel for Christmas on Sunday when they attended a boutique at the church.

More than two dozen craft booths inside Slattery Hall at the church on Copper Hill Drive provided parishioners and guests with a chance to do some early Christmas shopping.

Christmas music could be heard in the church, and Christmas trees could be smelled.

But, as boutique vender Elizabeth Mills explained, the smell of Christmas trees was courtesy of a green wax melted with “warmers” that she and husband, Devin, were selling.

The warmers — wax candle alternatives about the size of beer steins — use a low-wattage lightbulb to melt the wax, which releases the scent.

“It’s great. It’s a really supportive community,” Mills said of the boutique. “Everyone’s coming in after Mass and kind of looking around.”

At a nearby card table, the most popular greeting card made and sold by Maria Kregal was the one depicting the nativity scene, she said.

Gift-wrapping was offered for free.

“We’re happy to provide free gift-wrapping to anyone who wants it,” said Sarah Graff, manning the door of the boutique.

“I know, I know, it’s so early,” she said. “But you got to get your Christmas shopping done.”


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