RANCHO SANTA FE — Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. The Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe proved that they’re ready by hosting a Holiday Boutique on Nov. 13. The Nativity Catholic Church Commons were filled with Christmas goods and holiday treats as more than 20 vendors came together to tempt shoppers. There were a variety of gift items for sale, including silk florals, handcrafted jewelry, Christmas cards, children’s books, hand crafted wood pens and more.
Heidi Rogers, a local pastry chef better known as The Gingerbread Lady, had many edible gift items on display — everything from a gingerbread Thanksgiving turkey to a traditional gingerbread house that was so ornate and festive it could lure Hansel and Gretel out of retirement.
Mary Carter-Vail of UsborneBookMom.com had an impressive exhibit of children’s books, ranging from fairy tales to science books with vivid illustrations. “This is the third year I’ve been at the boutique,” Carter-Vail said. “We’re staying open later this year so that teachers and more parents can attend.”
“This is our fourth annual event,” Tricia Downey and Jamie Carr, co-chairs of the holiday boutique, said. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get an early start on the holiday shopping … we’ll be contributing funds toward our educational programs.”
A portion of proceeds was returned to the Nativity School to help fund philanthropic and enrichment programs. Shoppers felt good knowing the gifts they purchased benefited the school as well.
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