Winter Traditions 3

Christmas At Brawner Holiday Event & Coat Drive

It’s holiday season and Americans are preparing to celebrate their winter traditions by gathering with family and friends, eating good food and enjoy the gifts of giving. As my family and I began unpacking our delicate Christmas ornaments and decorations to trim the tree and deck the halls, our neighbors were getting ready for Hanukkah and families across town were preparing for Kwanzaa.

This is the perfect time of year to educate kids about the importance of different cultures and traditions. In our house we only celebrate Christmas, but we acknowledge other winter holidays with an open and respectful mind.

A tradition can be uniquely yours, one started within your family, or it can be a community tradition where everyone in the community participates such as Brawner Hall’s holiday coat drive. 

Christmas at Brawner Holiday Event & Coat Drive–A Smyrna 
Winter Tradition

This will be Christmas at Brawner’s fourth year celebrating this tradition with the community. In 2013, Theresa Galletta, Brawner Hall event coordinator, and other Brawner Hall staff wanted to plan a fun and festive holiday event. They also wanted to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, particularly those in the community. They came up with the idea of asking each person attending the event to donate a new or gently used coat. The event has been successful, and each year they have donated more than 200 coats to MUST Ministries–Smyrna, a program that provides food, clothing and employment assistance.

The fourth annual Christmas at Brawner Holiday Event and Coat Drive will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, December 15, at Brawner Hall, 3180 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna. Admission to the event, which will feature visits with Santa, holiday treats, hay “sleigh” rides and kids activities, is one new or gently used coat.