By Brittnie Curtis
Holiday season at Texas State is no small thing. The entire campus comes together in the joy and spirit of the various holidays that take place this time of year. The University Bookstore is expressing its holiday spirit by hosting its 13th annual Holiday Open House and Gingerbread House Contest.
“[The Holiday Open House] brings a sense of community to the campus,” says Lauren Williams, general merchandise and marketing manager for the University Bookstore. “It connects the bookstore to the faculty, staff and students.”
On Monday, Dec. 1, the University Bookstore began accepting entries from the Texas State community for the gingerbread house contest. Participants had until 10 a.m. today to submit their edible creations, which are on display in the bookstore. A panel of judges will award prizes to the winners.
Along with the contest, the bookstore held “Storytime with Boko.” Boko gathered with the Texas State community for holiday stories, treats and a photo op.
There are still many events to participate in. Sponsored by the art & supplies department, “Decorate your own Christmas Cookie” will be open until 2:30 p.m. today. Stop by and decorate a festive sugar cookie to eat in or take out! If you’re looking for a new look for the holiday season, come see the representatives from Boots Cosmetics, who are in the apparel department until 2:30 p.m. for a free expert beauty make-over.
Audrey Hannah Cull, the author of Elliott’s Gift, will also be at the Holiday Open House for her book signing. Cull and the book’s illustrator, Helena Frende, are both Texas State students. Flipping through the pages of the book, you might recognize a few things. The characters are named after campus residence halls, such as Elliott, Butler and Laurel. The book also has a river in it that resembles the San Marcos River. Cull’s table is located right at the entrance of the bookstore, and she will be there until 3 p.m. today.
Ornaments, holiday cards and and other gifts will also be available at the Holiday Open House. This year, you can donate to the Crohn’s and Coltits Foundation of America (CCFA) at any cashier station. CCFA is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Help the bookstore cashiers meet their goal of a $500 donation to the foundation.
There’s still time, Bobcats! The annual Holiday Open House will be open until 3 p.m. today. Stop by for refreshments, music and the many activities hosted by the University Bookstore. Happy holidays!