On December 1st the ground was white with snow that crunched under our feet as we left trails of foot prints where ever we went. Inside we were toasty warm as we hustled and bustled throughout Arlington Place decorating for Christmas. While our staff were busy decking the halls, the residents were relaxing as Kelli Mackie gave them complimentary massages. What a wonderful life we have!!!
On the 2nd we drove to Wellsburg for an elegantly delicious lunch at Karen's Tea Room.
Carla baked scrumptious cupcakes for everyone and helped us celebrate Betty's birthday on the 3rd.
Ruth Claassen, Gertie Kolpek, Helen Collins, Lois Abels & Lourine Pruis making Christmas candy
We had our monthly Blood Pressure and Foot Clinics on the 4th. Gary's Famous Bread Pudding was our dessert after lunch. It is such a treat when Donna and Gary Thuesen come a-calling!
Cake and ice cream was on the menu on the 5th. It was Gertie's birthday! That afternoon all of our crafty people were out making beautiful Christmas cards.
We had a special visit from the 4H Clover Kids on Sunday the 7th. They handed out cookies and then sang Christmas carols in our dining room. They accomplished this between our 10:15 Bible study, 12:00 lunch and 1:15 Church service!
There is something special about the sound of bells during the holiday season. Jeanne Thuesen filled our dining room with the beauty of a hand bell concert on the 8th. She so inspired us that our very own Ding-A-Lings got busy practicing on both the 9th and the 11th.
On the 10th all we had to do was to arrive in our dining room and sit down in front of a plate of goodies. Soon we were served a cup of coffee by someone who was eager to join us for a friendly time of fellowship. Our Methodist friends were here.
Esther's daughter, Mary Miller, gave a beautiful piano concert fitting the season on the 12th. That afternoon, like every Friday, out came the dominos and we played chicken foot.
Sunday, the 14th, was up to 51 degrees which melted much of our snow and ice. With in hours the temperature dropped 30 degrees and continued dropping throughout the night. By Monday morning it was 4 below with high winds! What a shock to the system! We were thankful that the Grundy Center Women's Chorus had the fortitude to brave the cold and drive over for a visit and a Christmas carol sing-a-long.
The rest of the week continued in below zero temps mixed in with snow, ice, sleet and high winds. It wasn't even winter until Sunday! Throughout the week we stayed busy inside. Gary and JoAnne led us in a worshipful sing-a-long. Our energetic 3rd grade friends came for a visit, we assembled for our annual Christmas picture, (which is quite a production!) The Ding-A-Lings played Silent Night and Jingle Bells and we topped off our week with our Christmas party including a visit from Goober and Friends. The grand finale was the reading and portrayal of the true story of Saint Nicholas.
We went right back into a weekend filled with BAD weather. At least we have been saving gasoline since our vehicles don't go very far. HA! We were blessed with a beautiful day on the 22nd; we celebrated with a marvelous luncheon buffet, put on by Patty and Christina, for our annual Christmas dinner. We then enjoyed a program by Janet Schildroth called Symbols of Christmas. That evening we celebrated Vail's birthday. His family provided a delicious angel food cake and home made ice cream.
On the 23rd we worshipped through song and Bible readings during our Christmas Eve Communion Service.
The Coach Ed Trio had us rocking in our seats on the 22nd.
We brought December to a close with the peacefulness of soft music and a glass of wine during our candle lit dinner and a New Years Eve party to ring in the New Year.
We want to send a special thank you to all who came a'caroling throughout the month. Your Christmas spirit made this season extra special for us!
Many of us went to family gatherings while others had gatherings right here at Arlington Place this holiday season. This year has been blessed with wonderful times shared with friends and family which wouldn't have happened with out each and every one of you. We wish you all a wonderful New Year filled with love, peace and health. Glory to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!