The Christmas spirit was alive and well at the Central Texas College Christmas Affair bazaar Thursday at the Anderson Campus Center.

Holiday music filled the air as students, faculty and community members enjoyed coffee and cinnamon rolls while browsing numerous vendors.

The bazaar had a variety of items available, including handmade items such as jewelry, greeting cards and bows.

Other popular gifts were framed photographs, purses, home decor and plants.

Attendee Ann Mall, a CTC employee, purchased a glass teapot and glass dish for her home.

“I bought my sister (a dish) here last year, and every time I go to her house, I want to take it,” she said.

Dawn Worth sold homemade wreaths with some decorated for the holidays and others featuring symbols of popular football teams.

“I’ve been here every single year they’ve had it,” she said. “I love the atmosphere — it really gets you in the spirit.”

The event garners the attention of 400 to 600 people each year, said organizer Kathleen McDonald.

This year is the 18th Christmas Affair.

“It’s a mixture of students, faculty, staff and the community,” she said. “Everyone seems to love it.”

Proceeds will go to the Christmas Affair Scholarship, which is given yearly to an employee or family member of a CTC employee to further their education.

McDonald said they hold the event in early November to give people a jump on Christmas shopping.

Contact Madison Lozano​ at or 254-501-7552.

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