This weekend marks the first one in December, and local schools and organizations are getting the ball rolling on holiday fun.
Personally, I start to feel a bit of anxiety knowing that I must buy Christmas gifts soon, but it's a reality I've got to face.
In the meantime, there are lots of ways to ease yourself into the holiday spirit.
Will you be attending any of these holiday-themed events this weekend?
Friday, December 2, All day.
During mall hours on Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4, visit with local crafters and discover holiday gift ideas. Crafters will be located throughout the mall. Crafters interested in participating can contact Nicole Germain at MJG Productions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-540-3121.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m., 610 Patriot Lane, Millersville, MD, FREE
Old Mill Middle North's 3rd Annual "Holiday Of Happiness Event" this Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be breakfast with Santa, games, silent auctions, chance wheels, secret Santa work shop, bake sale and free crafts for everyone to make. Please come out and support Old Mill Middle North.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m., , 840 Sunflower Dr, Odenton, MD, FREE
A holiday fair and vendor show will take place at Waugh Chapel Elementary School. Santa will be there, and kids can take pictures with Santa. There will also be face painting, a bake sale, a silent auction, lunch and lots of fun!
Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m., 1283 Odenton Road, Odenton, MD, FREE
Does the Advent season have you anticipating Christmas?
You are cordially invited to come out to the annual Christmas craft fair!
Get a jump on your Christmas giving with unique and handmade gifts like:
jewelry/wood crafts/candles/accessories/crocheted & knit work/baskets & bags/Christmas & everyday decor/baby & children's items/soaps, lotions, & fragrances/stationary, cards and paper products/ personal & home care products/cookware & serving ware/and much more. Come hungry! The kitchen will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with baked goods for sale all day!
Drawings for prizes/money at the end of the craft fair. You need not be present to win. There is plenty of parking. Proceeds go to St. Joseph Youth Ministry.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m., 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD, $5
Kids ages 4 through 12 can come to the food court for the second annual Kidgits Gingerbread Festival. They can create their own work of gingerbread art. Crafting experts will be on hand to offer tips and pointers, and a prize will be awarded for the "Most Creative Gingerbread Art!"
Creations will be displayed through Dec. 24 and can be picked up on Dec. 26, if desired. The cost is $5 for Kidgits members and $10 for the public. RSVP’s are encouraged by emailing email@example.com or calling 410-540-5114.