As we approach the holiday season, I feel like I’m on a merry-go-round, or at least caught up in a whirlwind!
I’ve already written about Thanksgiving and what we’re thankful for, but now Thanksgiving is on top of me and all I can think about is the yummy food that will be presented on that day. Obviously, turkey heads the list, with bread stuffing. But, our Country Meadows chef also is offering beef tenderloin and scallops with a white wine and butter sauce. (My mouth is watering already.) He also may have choices of beef, poultry and fish – how much better can it get? Well, how about a dessert table with lots of yummy desserts!
After eating such a delicious and filling meal I probably won’t be able put another morsel of food into my mouth for at least a week! (Alright, being realistic make that until the next day.)
But in a few weeks we’re faced with another lavish meal—the Christian observance of Christmas. We’ll enjoy stuffed salmon, turkey and all the fixings. And that elegant dessert table will make another appearance.
Now I ask you, where can you go to get such extravagant and elegant meals?
In between these two special holiday meals another holiday surfaces—the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. This is the time when members of the Jewish faith remember their ancestors fighting for their freedom and regaining their temple that had been destroyed by the Syrians. In recognition of the eight-day miracle in which a limited amount of oil burned for eight days, Jews light a candle in a menorah—one for each day. Country Meadows recognizes this holiday by lighting a candle every day in menorahs, holding educational events to teach Jewish traditions and, at many campuses, residents are invited to participate in Hanukkah events.
In addition to these holiday meals and observations, Country Meadows’ campuses host winter open houses to invite our family members, co-workers and community members to join us in celebrating the holiday season. We, along with our guests, will enjoy a full buffet, delicious appetizers, fruits, an array of desserts like you’ve never seen before and even a chocolate fountain!
Country Meadows will be dressed to the nines with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, mantles, garlands, and dining room centerpieces. If you attend an open house or visit a Country Meadows campus, be sure to notice the beautiful holiday decorations throughout the building. Don’t forget to check out the decorations on residents’ doors, too.
In addition to the wonderful food and beautiful decorations, the holiday period will include music presented by several groups. Sing-along is encouraged, and as the music swells, so do our hearts. The town band is coming for a special concert, a well-known vocal group will perform and a New Year’s Eve magician will entertain us prior to a party to end the year. Other days we will take it easy, gathering together by the fire for cookies and cocoa to reminisce about past holidays. Many of us will gather during the evenings to go for rides to see holiday lights around the area.
And we have many opportunities to give back to the community. Our Backpack Committee collects donations and hosts fundraisers all year to support a program that provides food for school children to eat over the weekend. Residents will gather to pack boxes full of food for the children’s families to help them enjoy celebratory meals during this special time of year.
The holiday time is indeed special in so many ways – food, decorations, music, happiness, joy and friendship. Think of the many people who have no family members in the area. That’s where you can come in – you with your friendship. Show that you’re thinking of them and care for them. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture– simply offer hugs and warm wishes for a happy holiday.