The five days of Hearnes Hall Christmas were celebrated last week.

Committee members Cindi Thompson, Connie Shelton, Hiedi Carlin, Sharon Odem, Michelle Ducre, Liz Ebert, Kim Knoll and Ann Quade planned the events in hopes of creating a new tradition at Missouri Southern.

A cookie/candy contest was held on Dec. 9. Entries consisted of three dozen cookies and/or candies, along with copies of the recipe to share with others. A number was assigned to each entry and voting was done by secret ballot.

Among the highlights of the week was the ugly sweater contest.

Among the highlights of the week was the ugly sweater contest.

First place (set of baking pans) went to Lauren Powell. Second place (chocolate basket) was Cindi Thompson.

The ugly ornament/ gift exchange took place on Dec. 11.

The Charlie Brown Christmas tree was located on the second floor of Hearnes Hall, just outside of the president’s office. The tree was decorated with ugly ornaments, while nice ornaments were gift-wrapped and placed under the tree. Each person who brought an ornament then drew a number for the exchange.

A wassail and Christmas trivia contest was held on Dec. 12. Participants stopped by the tree for a cup of wassail and to test their knowledge about the holiday. The winner of the trivia contest was Mitzi Russell.

"Elves" from Hearnes Hall delivered gift baskets to Autumn Place residents.

“Elves” from Hearnes Hall delivered gift baskets to Autumn Place residents.

That afternoon, a group of Hearnes Hall “elves” visited the elder care facility Autumn Place to deliver 30 gift baskets put together for residents. Michelle Ducre made 30 mini Christmas trees, and the gift baskets also included handmade cards.

The week wrapped up with an ugly sweater contest on Dec. 13. Judges for the contest were Craig Gullet and Donnie Goettel.

First place ($50 Applebee’s gift card) went to Julie Wengert. Second place (pizza basket) was Sharon Odem, and third place ($10 gift card to Festival) was Bonnie Branham.

“To my fellow Hearnes Hall Christmas Planning Committee members and the wonderful employees, with all your big hearts and many warm smiles that participated in our celebration this week, I would like to extend a big thank you,” said Hiedi Carlin. “You truly are the ‘reason for the season’ and you helped make this Christmas one to remember.

“MSSU can be a family and I think we all succeeded in proving that this year. Merry Christmas and happy New Year!”