They bring in over 20 TONS of SNOW, yes snow, in Jacksonville, FL and its formed into a hill with a play area surrounding it, as well as having blowers set up at various points blanketing SNOW flurries over the entire event. Lights are strung up around the trees and stage along with other decorations, the huge boombox he owns is parked behind DJ EL, there are fully stocked bars inside and outside (with plenty of Capri Suns for the kiddos), a room literally filled with food, the mascots for the Jaguars, Icemen and Jumbo Shrimp plus Santa and the Chik-fil-a cow even made an appearance with free chicken biscuits halfway through the night. Mama Blue kicked off the night before DJ EL and had everyone swaying to her soulful sounds while watching the kids slide down the hill and everyone conversing all night. A good time was had by all.
This year we invited our friend Chef X of Xclusively Kissed. She and her daughter had a blast, got a light saber, met some awesome people and participated in the fun of it all. Hubby and I ate well (there were a few options for me, yayyy) and of course danced all night long, which I am paying for today but it was so worth it. When the DJ played Cupid Shuffle not a single person danced to it until I got out there and did it with the toy soldier on stilts! lolol.. He even thanked me afterwards saying he hadn't done the dance for years and followed me to get back in the grove of it. Reminded me of the time I started the cupid shuffle in the middle of the street at One Spark and a huge crowd joined in.
The biggest reason for the party though is community. John started this as his office holiday party and it has grown well beyond that. It's a party for people to come together from all walks of life and just enjoy the spirit of Christmas, a night where you can play under the stars in a flow of flurries or meet new people from across town. More than anything though it is a Collection of Toys each year for some of the hardest hit kids in our city who need to get some holiday magic and John makes sure we all get a little piece of that magic too. Special thank you to my employer, H2Om FLOAT, who sponsored the toys for us to take the 2nd year in a row!
Follow the Law Offices of John Phillips on all your social pages and look for ways to help your community come together, we ALL need it now more than ever! If you have an amazing event in your city you want us to attend and/or highlight shoot me an email with Community Event in the subject line.
Meanwhile I'm at the office sippin on this iced coffee.
P.S. You can catch a fun video of Jaxson De Ville and Duval's own The Specktator dancing to Wop by J Dash on my YouTube.