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Christmas party brightens the holidays for hundreds in the F-M

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Christmas is about spending time with friends and family. But, if you're alone, the holiday can lose its excitement. Tonight at Olivet Lutheran Church and just down the road at Nativity Catholic Church, thousands are making their way through the door, to spend Christmas Eve eating, playing games, and sharing gifts.2 / 2

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Christmas is about spending time with friends and family.

But, if you're alone, the holiday can lose its excitement.

Tonight at Olivet Lutheran Church and just down the road at Nativity Catholic Church, thousands are making their way through the door, to spend Christmas Eve eating, playing games, and sharing gifts.

Aaste Campbell/ Olivet Christmas Party Chair: “This really is Christmas for us. Every year you get to see the same people over and over to come back and it really is the true meaning of Christmas.”

The 2 churches annual Christmas party is free and open to anyone who doesn't want to spend the holiday alone.

Campbell: “They can play bingo here, they can get prizes, we give a gift card, they get a great meal.”

Between the two churches, more than 500 pounds of turkey were prepared and last year over 1,200 people were served. And it's no wonder because the food looks, and take my word for it, smells divine.

Steven Brewer/ Christmas Party Goer: "The turkey is kind of like mom made.”

Steven Brewer says he's been going to the Christmas parties for about 5 years now and says the best part of the event is the people.

Brewer: “The people that put it on are really friendly and we know other people that come to it too.”

Downstairs at Olivet visitors got to play bingo.

Amber Asleson/ Christmas Party Goer: “A lot of our families aren’t here so we’re just hanging out together and being one big family.”

And upstairs kids and their parents got to take their picture with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, making it a perfect way to spend Christmas Eve with the family.

The churches say any food left over at the end of the night will be donated to ShareHouse, Churches United, the YWCA or sent home with visitors.

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