Holiday Memories Then and NowDecember 18, 2015 | Heritage Place
Moments of joy may be fleeting, but they remain a part of your experience for life. Many of the residents at Heritage Place Senior Living in Bountiful, UT, have fond holiday memories of eyeing the Christmas presents under the tree, baking holiday treats as their mom's special little helper, or writing that letter to Santa in elementary school. They remember these moments like it was yesterday, even though it has been 50, 60, or 70, years.
At Heritage Place Senior Living, our goal this holiday season is to create new memories for the men and women within our active senior community. We have heard many wonderful stories from their childhood and young adult years, and we would like to instill new ones that are just as memorable and worthy of reflection.
We interviewed some of our residents about their favorite Christmas memories and we were touched by their most heartfelt adventures back in time. There were so many vivid details that it almost felt as if we had a front row seat to their childhood.
There were many stories told; here's a few from the folks from our senior apartment community:
We would always go to grandma's house in Coleville for a Christmas Eve party. Mom made it a tradition to eat breakfast before opening gifts.
I was one of five children. I lived in Texas. We would put up the tree two days before Christmas. We could help with the tinseland decorations on the tree. Mother would take us to the different stores to see Santa. On Christmas Eve, Mother would tell us to go right to sleep or Santa wouldn't come, but we never could. It never snowed on Christmas since we lived in Texas. We would wake up and Santa Claus had been there. We woke up so early and mother told us we couldn't touch anything until we had eaten our breakfast. We ate so fast that day!
I remember a shotgun under the Christmas tree. I picked it up and my father asked what I had got there? I said a gun. He asked what made me think it was mine. Because I was asking for a gun. Then the conversation got serious. He asked again and the same reply, 'You know you have 3 older brothers.' Oh yes, I couldn't overlook my brothers. Dad reminded me that my name wasn't on the gun and that it was for all 4 boys.
My favorite Christmas memory was when we lived in Kearns. My sister had twins and it was their second Christmas. I loved watching the twins really experience Christmas for the first time. They wouldn't leave the Christmas tree alone so my sister put the Christmas tree in a play pen so the twins couldn't get to it. They stood there watching the lights on the tree and would reach out like they could touch the lights. I remember seeing the joy and wonder in their faces.
- Brenda H.
Our staff is very excited about the activities we have planned this year, including our annual family Christmas party on December 15 th, which will feature music, entertainment, and a program. On December 24th, we'll also be hosting our resident Christmas party. Additionally throughout the month, we'll enjoy other festivities like watching classic films and hosting a gingerbread house making contest.
The festivities planned are designed to stimulate the senses so that all our residents, even those in our memory care community, will enjoy new experiences.
When you entrust your loved ones to Heritage Place, we pledge to create an active senior living community that allows for independent living with immediate assistance always within reach. Our program is personalized so that each member in our community receives the right balance of independence and assisted living services.
Please give us a call at (801) 298-3241 today for more information, or schedule a tour online.
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