Over 80 women from all around gathered at the Orchard St. Peter Lutheran Church to celebrate the annual tradition of the Holiday Tea.
Celebrating the 29th year, hostesses Ashley Bergman, Mia Bergman, Alyssa Bergman, Kalee Michaelson, Jessica Barone, Kellie Schacht, Ashley Hauf, and Desirae Schwager prepared an evening of holiday cheer and were sure to stick to their motto -- ‘“the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
The night was filled with a delicious homemade meal, and entertainment from members of the Orchard High School choir, and several performances from Amanda Shabram, accompanied by Lynae Stelling.
As you scanned the room, generations of ladies sat together enjoying the town tradition.
“I've been going to the tea since I was born because my mom was a part of putting it on. When I got into my teenage years, I started helping with it by performing some songs (whether singing or playing the saxophone). It has always been a way for me to kick off the holiday season and remember the real reason as to why we are celebrating. I enjoyed it when I was young, and I enjoy it even more now as an adult especially when I get to bring my own daughter,” said hostesses Kalee Michaelson.
The love for this tradition has helped this Christmas kickoff to thrive with high hopes for the future. The ladies hope to bring back many more past traditions and better this event every year.