On Dec. 5, 2022, a holiday party was hosted in the Ehinger Center. This returning Drew tradition got people into the holiday spirit and was co-hosted by CHOICE, Drew German Club, Black Student Union, InterVarsity, Hillel and BIPOC Peer Mentoring. The event included watching a movie, card making, a gingerbread house competition, snacks, making toys for children’s hospitals and polaroid pictures beside the Christmas tree.
The main attraction of the evening was the gingerbread house competition, which was hosted by the German Club and held between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The club brought 18 gingerbread houses to the event and allowed teams of 3-6 people to assemble and decorate them however they wished for 2 hours. The judges of the competition were the children of Dr. Joshua Kavaloski, the German Club’s advisor. The teams built all different types of houses, from Drew-themed houses to snow-themed houses. After careful consideration, the judges selected the winners of the competition: Elizabeth Blank (‘25), Liberty Jackson (‘25), Jocelyn Freeman (‘25), Jo Cavallaro (‘25), Elisabeth Sauerman (‘24) and V Pascarella (‘23). This team designed a winter wonderland-themed gingerbread house.
Attendees also had the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of other activities. The film “Ice Age” was shown in Crawford hall. Hillel Club served latkes with applesauce and sour cream. They also gave out dreidels to attendees. BIPOC Peer Mentoring publicized their ongoing raffle for a t-shirt and took polaroid pictures of people in front of the EC’s Christmas tree. Attendees could also draw and color pictures to send to children’s hospitals and complete crafts, such as ornament decorating and mug decorating. This event, including the gingerbread house decorating competition, was held for the first time post-COVID. The clubs are excited to hopefully host this event again next December.
Feature image of the gingerbread house competition winners courtesy of Elizabeth Blank.
Elizabeth Blank is a sophomore majoring in history and minoring in environmental sustainability and teaching