As in many of your own homes, we too have some traditional ways that we prepare for Christmas at the Sacred Heart Home.
We decorate with wonderful bows of greenery and have numerous Christmas Trees throughout the Home. We decorate our offices and nurses stations with many little Christmas villages and nativity scenes. This year we had a very generous donation of well over 50 nativity crèches, which the gentleman who gave them to us said were his sister’s collection. We displayed these assorted crèches in our lobby for all visitors to see.
Towards evening on most nights you will hear the “toot –toot “ of a model train whistle in our cloister area, where the local Knights of Columbus have setup a large train set complete with small villages in a winter scene. The Residents and their families love to watch the trains go round and round on the many circling tracks.
We even have an in-house Christmas shopping village for our Residents who may not be able to get out for their Christmas shopping. They come down to our auditorium and have a chance to buy something special for their loved ones. Our activities director make this unique shop possible by collecting items throughout the year and then selling them at a nominal rate to our Residents. The proceeds are then reused for activities throughout the coming months.
The Sisters enjoy preparing for Christmas by making sure all the Residents get around to see the beautiful decorations in the Home. It is not uncommon to see a Sister with a Resident sharing the wonder of a lit Christmas tree with all its finery on display. These and many other traditions help rekindle memories for our Residents of Christmas’s gone by and prepare them for the anticipated birth of our Savior Jesus on Christmas.
Click here to view a photo slideshow of the decorations around our home.