Things certainly have been busy here at Holy Family Residence. We have had many activities take place for our Residents, families, and friends and have even more planned as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth!
To start the season, our Residents enjoyed our annual St. Nicholas Day party on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Maloney Lounge. At the party, our Residents enjoyed celebrating this special day not only with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, but also with the families of our employees.
As the party began, Resident Kay Gallagher captured the hearts of the nearly 50 children in attendance as she read the spirited story of St. Nicholas. As the children listened intently to Kay, they were happy to learn so many interesting things about this Saint, and they were even happier when St. Nicholas arrived! Portrayed by Father E. Francis Kelly, chaplain of Holy Family Residence, St. Nicholas visited the children, took photos with them, and gave each of them a present. Once the children finished their visit, they enjoyed a light supper with their families. As everyone snacked on a buffet of hot dogs, potato chips, Christmas cookies, fruit punch, and hot chocolate, Sister Joseph and Sister Judith provided an impromptu performance of Christmas carols for the crowd.
After supper, the children returned to the Maloney Lounge and happily discovered that St. Nicholas had left each of them a bag of “gold” (chocolate) coins in their shoe just as he did for the three young girls the children learned about in the story. Our St. Nicholas party really was a great success that united generations of families to celebrate this great ethnic feast day!
To view a slideshow a photos from this event, please click here.