Christmas time is here and our hospitaller family is properly celebrating! Our care homes are decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, Nativities, but most important, they are filled with a compassionate Christmas spirit and a desire to share all the special moments together.
Our home celebrated Christmas in lots of different ways. Firstly, we started making decorations and once was all set up, we could relax and enjoy the visit from Father Christmas and his Elves. Every resident has their gift given to them even if they are in their rooms, ‘Santa’ still visits to make sure no one misses out. We received an exciting visit from Shetland Ponies and Therapets, and we were all very happy to be able to stroke them once we saw they felt comfortable around us! We had a Christmas lunch at home but also were invited to others in Lichfield and a restaurant close to the house, which were great. Of course, there was a lot of Carols Singing, mince pies and sherry too!
At our home, we honestly lost count of the times we have been signing our favourite Christmas Carols accompanied by students from schools nearby, volunteers, family members, staff and sisters. We enjoyed a fantastic representation of the Nativity by some members of staff and sisters who had the best time getting dressed and performing in front of the residents, in the lounge and in their rooms. We had two special outings, to St Paul’s church for a Christmas Carols Concert and to Chelsea Old Town Hall for a Christmas Ball. All performances were spectacular! We had a Christmas Party where we had the opportunity to create bonds and get to know the people we work with and for better and celebrated our first Late Quiz by Candlelight!
We started the Christmas period by organising our annual Christmas Fayre on the first day of the month which was a huge success. Our residents took special care when making all the Christmas decorations, they turned out great and helped to create an even better atmosphere. We had two Christmas Parties, one for residents and another one for our staff, who said very kind words to our sisters and thanked them for their support throughout the day. Friends of St Augustine’s also organised an outing to Bourne Valley Garden Centre with a group of residents accompanied by family members, care staff and sisters. Such a festive time couldn’t be the same with Christmas Carols, so we had a special carols service and many school children and entertainers joined us to sing the most famous ones!