Petite Miss Christmas on the Coosa 2017 Khloe Price and her court. Photo: Barry Chrietzberg
The holidays means it is time for cold weather, dazzling light displays and holiday pageants! These are different from other types of pageants. Holiday-themed pageants pop up all across the country each year. They are small but popular in their local areas. These holiday pageants provide a great way to introduce little ones to pageants for the first time or give a more experienced girl a chance to shine on her own. No matter the level of experience, these pageants provide something for everyone. (Read: 5 Reasons to Compete in a Festival or Fair Pageant)
Know the system This can never be stressed enough. Understand the expectations of the system before you start any preparations. This will ensure you do not waste your time doing something incorrectly. It also ensures you will not get points taken off for inadvertently breaking the rules. Research the system and keep the entry form close by. Ask yourself, is this a natural or semi-glitz pageant? Can or should my child wear makeup? What are the mandatory appearances if there are any? Chances are the entry form will have everything laid out. These holiday pageants are meant to be simple and easy. However, if you are still unsure about something, do not be afraid to ask the director. (Read: 3 Misconceptions Contestants Have of Pageant Directors) They usually benefit a charity Since the holiday season is all about giving, many of these holiday pageants serve as a fundraiser for a cause. The most popular include toy drives and canned food drives. Donating to this cause will more than likely serve as a part of the competition. It could serve as the entry fee. For example, to enter the pageant you would have to bring 10 canned food items. It could also serve as an optional award or weighted category.
Jessie Unger reacts to hearing her name called as Teen Miss Christmas on the Coosa 2017. Photo: Facebook
Thrift stores can be your best friend There is no reason to break the bank on an outfit that will only be worn once. Kids grow like weeds, and by the time they could wear the outfit again, it would not fit anywhere. You could hit the outfit-of-choice jackpot at thrift and discount stores like Goodwill or Ross. If you are really lucky, you could potentially find an evening gown as well. (Read: How To Create a Budget for Your Pageant) It will be cold Auditoriums are always cold. It is horrible but a fact of life. Combined with the cold winter weather and you can expect some minor frostbite backstage. Bring a couple blankets and a thick jacket. Do not be afraid to go full blanket burrito to stay warm. After all, it is really hard to have fun when you are shivering from the cold. Avoid green and red evening gowns The idea of wearing a Christmas-colored gown at a holiday pageant is really cute. However, everyone will do it because everyone will want to be cute. It can be nearly impossible to stand out. Going with a different colored evening gown will help you stand out in a sea of red and green. (Read: Which Colors Win the Most Princess Pageants?) It is a very small detail. However, it could be the detail that wins the judges over, especially if scores are close.
Junior Miss Christmas on the Coosa 2017 Ashley Lauren Britt and her court. Photo: Barry Chrietzberg
It probably will not start on time It is really hard for internationally televised pageants to start on time (looking at you, Miss Universe). So it should come as no surprise that small annual pageants run strictly by volunteers rarely run without some sort of small hiccup. Have patience and prepare younger contestants for delays in advance. Stock up on a few snacks and bring your charger as your phone will surely fall victim to the likes of Angry Birds and Youtube. The "Frozen" soundtrack will be played As someone who has judged and competed for a number of years, I feel this is a public service announcement. You have been warned. Most importantly, have fun! Pageants are supposed to be a positive experience. The holidays are supposed to be happy. Combine the two and you can say a holiday pageant is one of the most lighthearted, enjoyable types of pageants out there. Do not get bogged down in winning the crown. The point is to get on stage and have fun. As long as you do that, the judges will see your positive attitude, which could actually help you win! (Read: Pageant Question About Giving Back During The Holidays)
Miss Alabama 2017 Jessica Procter with the 2017 Miss Christmas on the Coosa queens. Photo: Facebook
Remember, holiday pageants are simple and easy! There is no need to stress for hours preparing. As long as you relax and do your best, you will have a great time. Have you entered a holiday-themed pageant? What was your experience? Any tips for first-time contestants? Comment below!
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