The Holiday Season is upon us and at The Castlewood Senior Living, we are celebrating in a big way! Many of the residents who call our community home spent decades of their lives creating memorable holiday traditions with their families, and it is our goal to celebrate all sorts of traditions to make our residents feel at home. Moments like these are what make the holiday season extra special.
We kicked off the 45 Days of Holiday Cheer on Thanksgiving with a Gratitude Book that allowed residents and staff to share thoughts on what they are most grateful for. In the weeks since, we have gathered to light the candles of the Advent Wreath to reflect on its blessings, enjoyed a cozy hot cocoa happy hour, polished our shoes for St. Nicholas, and learned about the Yule Lads, among other things! Our December Story Corner featured the children’s book, “A World of Cookies for Santa” and cookie recipes from around the world.
While many of the days are now behind us, the holiday cheer will continue through the end of December and into the first week of January, allowing our residents to enjoy plenty of classic Holiday traditions as well as new and exciting moments created by Arrow Senior Living and our own community team. To round out the 45-day extravaganza, the culinary team will take us on a special daily dining experience to highlight dishes themed around the 12 Days of Christmas!
Of the 45 Days of Holiday Cheer celebrating National Hot Cocoa Day with the residents was my favorite. We watched The Polar Express, drank hot chocolate, and had the ultimate Christmas movie-watching experience. It was a great opportunity to just slow down and really enjoy the holiday season with one another!
My favorite holiday tradition is always my family Christmas Eve pajama party. Everyone wears Christmas pajamas, brings an appetizer, and we play games all night long. We especially love playing Scattergories and Trivia Pursuit. When I was a kid, this tradition always ended with my cousins and I tracking Santa's location using the NORAD website. It was always so fun and a tradition that I will certainly carry with me into my future family!
We hope you have been following along on Facebook and Instagram as this joyous holiday adventure has unfolded, but even if you haven’t, it’s not too late to start!