Wow! What a month! From Christmas preparations to Christmas celebrations, our Residents were certainly busy throughout December.
Starting the month off on the first Sunday of Advent, we enjoyed a special Mass which helped us begin to prepare our minds and hearts for the arrival of the Christ child on Christmas day. As the week progressed, the Residents participated in several Christmas events
but nothing could compare to the interactive Christmas show by “Young at Heart” that capped off this first week of December fun.
Throughout the rest of the month, we were blessed by a flurry of Christmas activities for our Residents to enjoy. They had several visits by numerous community groups including students from Marywood University and the University of Scranton as well as our hospitality club. The Residents also enjoyed caroling with members of the Junior League of Scranton, concerts by the Marywood Wind Ensemble and Providence United Presbyterian Choir, and visits by St. Nicholas and Santa himself! As you can tell, it was quite a month here at Holy Family Residence filled with much joy, but nothing could compare to the joy we felt as Christmas finally arrived.
Starting the celebration of our Savior’s birth, our Residents enjoyed a beautiful Mass in the evening on Christmas Eve followed by a Christmas cookie, hot chocolate, and egg nog social with family, friends, and the Little Sisters in the main dining room. And on December 25 with much anticipation, Christmas Day finally arrived! Following the spiritual celebration of this grand feast day, the Little Sisters sang Christmas carols with the Residents and also gave each Resident a special gift he or she requested.
As you can tell from this writing and the photos, we truly had a joyful Advent and Christmas season here at Holy Family Residence and so much of that joy is made possible because of your generosity. Thank you for continuously supporting our mission of caring for the elderly poor. We could not do what we do without you!