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December 20, 2012

Holiday celebrations have begun

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The following night a group of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts came to sing Christmas carols. They gave a wonderful performance and also donated some handmade ornaments for our tree. It was very special.

We had a delightful visit from the singing group, Ah Coopella! They brightened our evening with many wonderful songs! They have beautiful voices, wonderful harmony and are so animated, it was a lively evening! We joined them at the end of the program to sing some of our favorite Christmas carols. Paula Henrich attended the concert with her mother, Jeanette Hansen. Norma Wagner was joined by her daughter, Betsy and husband Bill Hayes.

On Wednesday a group of visitors from Leading Age New York came to volunteer at the home for the day. Amy, Kate, Noreen and Alyssa spent a wonderful day with us and it was a treat to have them here. Each year the organization selects one home in New York state ,and this year they chose The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home. They helped us wrap Christmas presents for the family we adopted from the Angel Network. Then we all played Christmas Carol Bingo. We sang Christmas carols, helping each other to remember the lyrics, then guessing the names and filling in our bingo cards until everyone had won and the chocolate winnings had all been distributed.

After the game, they joined us for dinner in the dining room. We enjoyed steak and homemade chicken pot pie and of course the conversation. Amy spoke about the role of Leading Age NY to support the interests of seniors and provide educational offerings for those who serve seniors in various settings, including adult homes like ours. We shared many stories and by the end of the day, they said that they enjoyed their day as much as we had. They asked if they could make a return visit and we all agreed that they are always welcome!

On Thursday we celebrated the December birthdays with a party for Ralph Veenema and Peg Hage! Ralph’s daughter Lois and her husband, Bill Byrne, were visiting from Michigan, so they also enjoyed the party.

As we make our final preparations for Christmas, we extend our wishes to the community for a very Merry Christmas!

“Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.” — Author Unknown

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