In praise of church bazaars: No unhappy people there
I have never seen an unhappy person at a church bazaar. They just make people smile, and that’s something to think about.
When I finish writing this post, I will wrap up the shortbread cookies I baked this week, put some used books in a box, filter through some of the jewelry I don’t wear any more, and I will head over to help set up for tomorrow’s church bazaar.
Last weekend I spent Saturday morning walking from church to church on a long street in my neighbourhood where the United, Anglican and Catholic churches all hold their bazaars on the same day. They’ve been doing this for years, so “Bazaar Day” is a community event and a much bigger financial success for all three.
Churches hold bazaars as fundraisers, of course, but the annual events offer much more than money to the congregation. They are community-building events and a chance for everyone to smile and get into the holiday spirit.
Bazaars are joyful for many reasons. They offer:
- a chance to meet and greet people from the neighbourhood they don’t see at other times of the year,
- homemade strawberry jam,
- the possibility that you will find the spoon to replace the missing one from your cutlery or a glass to replace the broken one from your favourite wine set,
- an opportunity to refresh holiday decor with the affordable crafts prepared by the talented contributors to bazaars,
- a mixing of generations, old and young,
- the blessing of eating other people’s baking,
- books, (!)
- and a delicious lunch, that includes homemade pie.
If you need a smile, look up your local church bazaars and give yourself the gift of a smiley day.