In order to spread holiday cheer in the community and have a little fun Bastrop recently held a contest among the store owners for the best decorated window.

The theme was “A Vintage christmas,” and many participated. Windows were covered in fake snow, lights, holly, and other festive décor, They were filled with an old fashioned flair to fit the theme.

Some employees from Paul Michaels, who donated the prize, came to Bastrop judge for the contest.

A' Michaels was chosen as the first place winner. Store owner Gaye Auger-Laing was surprised when told she won.

“I was shocked as little as my windows are and trying to find vintage stuff,” she said.

The prize was a $200 gift certificate to Paul Michael's in Monroe. It was presented to Auger-Laing by local Cindy Hendrix.

Auger-Laing's windows were covered in a festive array of painted on snow and holly. A colorfully lit tree sits in one corner and a scroll with a list to Santa noting some of her products sits in the other. Santa and a snowman can also be seen peeking out of the windows. Festive pine garlands are strung across the top of the storefront.

Auger-Laing says her décor was inspired by the décor of past years.

“I tried to think about how windows on main-street looked when I was a kid,” she explained.

The city of Bastrop thanks Paul Michael's for their participation and congratulates Auger-Laing on her prize winning decorations.