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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to All!
It is an exciting time of the year here at “The Villas”! Have you noticed all the wonderful Christmas and Holiday decorations everywhere? Aileen and Paul go all out to make your home very festive looking while you and your loved ones celebrate all of the holidays here! We have many visitors coming in doing special entertainment and presentations throughout the month. The December calendar is packed with activities. Please check the daily sheets at the front desk and the monthly calendar that Barbara prepares to keep up with everything going on! As a reminder, I would like to encourage residents or family members to contribute to our “Employee Appreciation Fund”. It is against state and company policy for our hourly employees to accept tips for their services to you as residents throughout the year, so now is the time to remember them by making a donation. Resident council Treasurer, Richard Hobart, is the chairperson of this project and has set Friday, Dec. 5th as the last day to contribute to this fund to give the resident committee time to compile your very generous donations for distribution to our employees. One of my favorite traditions at Christmas time is the Christmas Stocking. The most popular legend about why stockings are hung at Christmas goes something like this: A recently widowed man and father of three girls was having a rough time making ends meet. Even though his daughters were beautiful, he worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry. St. Nicholas was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. He wanted to help but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins. And then he disappeared. The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair. Whew! While obviously far-fetched, this tale of unknown origin and date is most widely referenced when it comes to the history of the Christmas stocking. I hope your “Christmas Stockings” are filled with faith, love and hope for blessed holidays!