DECA the Halls

Julia Stenberg, Minnesota State University Moorhead DECA

The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family. Through DECA, strangers become friends and those friends become family… So, who better to celebrate the holidays with than fellow DECA members?

This year my chapter, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, decided to celebrate the holidays together by having a Christmas party before winter break. A party planning committee was formed and brainstorming began. Soon, we had a night full of festivities planned.

Here are five things that made our party a night to remember:


The most important part of any party is the people you celebrate with, and there’s no one I would have rather celebrated with than my DECA “family.” Our chapter doubled in size this year, so the Christmas party was a great way to get to know everyone in a less formal setting. Returning members were able to see the excitement in newcomers grow as they shared some of their favorite DECA experiences.


Attendees had the opportunity to partake in a Secret Santa gift exchange. It wasn’t extravagant, but it was an excellent way to get to know our fellow members – both new and returning. We each filled out a questionnaire, answering questions such as “What is your favorite candy?” and “What is your favorite restaurant?” Then,  we randomly drew who we would be shopping for.


Our party included a dance number choreographed and performed by chapter members. It was a number filled with snaps, claps and laughs as they danced to “It’s Not Christmas Without You” from the Nickelodeon show Victorious. They did an excellent job and impressed everyone with their dance abilities.


It’s not a Christmas party without ugly Christmas sweaters, and as an ugly Christmas sweater fanatic, I was not disappointed by my fellow DECA members. Outfits ranged from simple sweaters to full-on Christmas suits as everyone was clearly dressed to impress.


Food is a must have at any social gathering, so of course, there was food at the party! As a chapter, we recognize that everyone appreciates when food is provided at our gatherings. Therefore, we had pizza, pop and enough treats to last through the night (and into our next chapter meeting).

Overall, it was an evening well-spent and I can’t wait to see what sort of get-togethers our chapter has planned for this semester!

Follow Julia on Twitter @JuliaAnn013.

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