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Presbyterian Manor residents to experience ‘Christmas around the world’

The Angel Tree will welcome guests to the Rolla campus and encourage support of the Good Samaritan Program, which benefits residents who have outlived their financial resources through no fault of their own.

The Rolla Presbyterian Manor leadership team is bringing an international flavor to the 2021 holiday season. Each manager has signed up for a Monday, Wednesday or Friday from Dec. 1–22.

“Our management team is very creative, and I am sure the residents will be surprised and excited to see what is coming each day,” said Joelle Freeland, marketing and senior living director at Presbyterian Manor.

So far, residents will be visiting Germany, Ukraine, Canada, Norway, Mexico, Ireland, France and Britain. Presentations will be held in the activity room at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Each manager will take an inventive approach representing their county. Attendees may be invited to sing a traditional Christmas song, play a holiday game, sample seasonal treats or simply learn how Christmas is celebrated in other countries.

Last year, the leadership team brought the “12 Days of Christmas” to Presbyterian Manor residents.

“Each person picked one of the days, and then shared something special that was themed around that day,” said Noah Rhoades, activities director. For example, residents received Dove chocolates for “two turtledoves.” Noah gave out Easter eggs in the shape of geese for “six geese a-laying.” Other staff members made crafts to go with their day.

The response was so enthusiastic, the leadership team decided to pick a new theme this year. We can’t wait to see what exotic surprises are in store.

Another festive event to look forward to is the staff Christmas tree decorating contest. Each department has from Nov. 29–Dec. 3 to decorate a tree in their area. The residents will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree on Dec. 3. The department with the most votes will earn bragging rights for the next 12 months! The trees will stay up through the holiday for everyone to enjoy.

Another holiday tradition to look forward to is the activity department’s Christmas light tour.

We will have more activities planned as we get closer to Christmas, so stay tuned for news from our life enrichment department.

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