Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church was the scene for extravagant table displays, a sumptuous spread of hors d'voeuvrs and sweets, Christmas music and lively conversation on Tuesday. More than a pleasant evening, however, the United Methodist Women's Taste of Christmas is a successful fund-raiser.

In its fourth year, Taste of Christmas typically nets more than $1,000 for about a dozen local programs as well as regional programs and camps of the United Methodist Church.

Twenty-one tables were set in themes varying from whimsical or country to elegant, in traditional Christmas colors, blues, white and silver, a pale purple, and a show-stopping peacock display.

"It's all stuff I had," said Genny Schmidt of her golden table.

Holiday dishes and flatware have been on Eunice Proctor's Christmas and birthday gift list for several years, after husband Marvin started the set.

For many years, the UMW served a Saturday morning brunch at fancy tables, and before that, they hosted a craft fair — back when they were young, Schmidt noted.

Local programs that benefit from the fund-raiser include: Pass It Forward, South Wind Hospice, Mom's Day Out, Toys for Tots, Operation Homefires, Pratt County Achievement Place, Youth for Christ, Pratt Teen Center, Pratt County FoodBank Inc., a paper pantry, and the Pratt Ministerial Association.