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Utopia DC Presents Baltimore Greek Independence Celebration at Jimmy's Famous Seafood on Sunday March 25, 2018, featuring straight from Greece, Nikos Ganos & Vera Boufi Performing Live with DJ Sets by DJ Mixalis, George Tsakiris & DJ Giorgalli. Discounted tickets now on sale at DCGreeks.com! Click here for details!
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YAL DC Area Christmas Party 2017

When: Saturday December 16, 2017
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
2815 36th St NW
Washington, DC  20007 
Minimum Age: 18

Do you want to celebrate the best holiday of the year with your fellow YALers? Want to donate a toy to a needy child? Want the thrill of stealing the best White Elephant gift?! If so, we invite you to the annual YAL DC-Area Christmas Party & White Elephant Gift Exchange in St. Sophia's beautiful Frosene Center Ballroom! (Sponsored by St. Sophia's, St. Katherine's, and St. George's YALs). 

We welcome all YAL members from any local parish and friends to enjoy this evening of fun, fellowship, faith, as we look toward the celebration of Christís birth!

TOY DONATION (Giving Tree - Inova Hospitals):
In addition to the White Elephant Gift Exchange, we ask you bring an extra $5-10 gift-wrapped toy for a tot as we'll again be donating gifts to needy children this year. REFER TO "TOY DONATION INSTRUCTIONS" below for more details!

ATTENDEES ARE ENCOURAGED to bring desserts and/or drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to help spread the Christmas cheer. Per YAL tradition, the Board will provide meatless baked ziti and salad for dinner. Festive attire suggested.

And of course, the White Elephant! If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift, worth approximately $5-$10, for the game. We usually start playing around 7, so be sure to arrive by then for your chance to snag the best gift. Past highlights include: Christmas tree sunglasses, momís koulourakia, and a decorative moustache!

This is a traditional and fun exchange where you buy one of the following gifts: either a funny, creative, Greek-themed, Christmas-themed, or a gift of no more than $5-10 in value and gift wrap it. At around 7pm, we'll put all the gifts in the center of the room and each person who brought a gift will pick a number out of a hat. By the order of the numbers, each person will select a gift to open. If they like it, they can keep it. The next person can either "take" another person's gift (up to two times only) or can select another gift from the pile. We promise, if you've not done this before, this is a ton of fun and absolutely hilarious! Purchase some fun and creative gifts to make this truly interesting :) (Participation is completely optional, but is more fun with more people!) If you have any questions, ask on FB event page or email StSophiaYAL@gmail.com .

Please wrap the gift AND specify if the gift is for an ADULT, CHILD, or could be for BOTH with a Post-It/Note taped on top of the gift.


  • Warm Socks / Hat / Scarf
  • Comfy Blanket
  • Packaged Chocolate or Desserts
  • Care Package: Shampoo/Conditioner, Magazines, Lip Balm
  • Magazines / Crossword Puzzle Books / Sudoku
  • Stuffed Animals / Pillows
  • Journal / Devotional Book
  • Sketch Pad, Notebook & Coloring Pencils
  • Positive Quotes / Books
  • Personal Water Bottle
  • Things to hang in their room to make them smile
  • Mug with Teas / Coffee / Snacks
  • Pajamas/clothes to wear in the hospital

If possible, please feel free to include a nice note/card as it's sometimes the BEST part for them to know that someone is thinking of them.


Event Contact: St. Sophia's YAL
E-mail Address: stsophiayal@gmail.com
Event's Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/events/449700165427330/