Vi Rindy proudly shows her snowflake ornament made out of clothes pins

Greetings from “The Home” front …

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go – especially here at Luther Memorial Home! The activity staff “elves” and some residents have been busy all week putting up decorations throughout the facility. You will have a chance to see their handy work when you come to Hanging of the Greens this Sunday at 2 p.m. We will have a brief program with coffee and cookies following, a bake sale and oh so much more! Everyone is welcome so I hope you will join in the festivities.

Monday started out with Newscurrents in the morning. While the activity elves were decorating there was a Christmas movie for everyone to enjoy. We also had bingo in the evening. Getting in shape for all the upcoming holiday treats was the goal of Sit & Be Fit on Tuesday morning and then Elaine Klath played for a holiday themed Rhythm Band. Thank you Elaine, we appreciate you and your beautiful music. Wednesday brought Name that Christmas Tune followed by Bunco and then more decorating. We had a funny Abbot & Costello holiday movie plus visitations in the afternoon. Pastor Julie Johnson led a Bible Study Thursday morning and there were Santa Races in the afternoon. I sure hope Santa didn’t get too worn out and will still be able to deliver presents in a few weeks – he better rest up! Bingo was on the schedule Thursday evening. After Mass on Friday it was time for our Blue Christmas church service – this is such a special occasion when we remember our residents that have passed away this year. A special ornament with their name is placed on the Chapel Christmas tree. There was also pretty nails and happy ½ hour in the afternoon.

Saturday December 7th is Pearl Harbor Day and we will have a remembrance program at 10:30. The residents will play bingo in the afternoon. Don’t forget Kaffee Hus from 2-3:30 on SATURDAY ONLY this week because of the special Hanging of the Greens program on Sunday.

Nest week the food committee meets on Monday morning, followed by newscurrents. The residents will be busy peeling potatoes for lefse in the afternoon. The Men’s Club also meets that day and there is bingo in the evening. We have a Sing A-Long Tuesday morning and then a lefse demonstration (and tasting of course) in the afternoon. The holidays wouldn’t be complete without that tradition Norsk treat! There is resident Council Wednesday morning and during crafts, the crafters will be making a personalized Christmas ornament. We also have pretty nails later in the afternoon. The residents will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with a holiday background on Thursday morning. They can then have more photos printed to give to family and friends. In the afternoon, the Peter Boe Third graders will drop by for a visit with their “adopted” grandparents – this is such a fun time. We also have a special event later in the afternoon when the Pollywog piano students come to perform their Christmas Program at 4:30 in the chapel. The children are always so much fun to hear and our residents enjoy their visit. It’s mass and church Friday morning and then it’s time for our Holiday Cookie Sampler. This tradition is going on its 22nd year. The staff bring cookies for all to sample and enjoy. The Cookie Sampler is a big part of LMH’s holiday season.

We don’t have a single resident or sun center birthday next week, but we do have several staff members who will be celebrating. Jeanne Walden and Arlys Balstad on December 7th, Susan Cheatley on December 8th, Dacotah Bergstrom and Samantha Trosen on December 9th, Mariah Anhorn on December 11th, Dean Nelson and Ashley Held on December 13th. Happy Birthday to all of you and enjoy your special day!

Our sympathy to the friends and family of Barbara Hagiwara who passed away November 24th. Barbara was with us briefly but enjoyed listening to music and visiting with family and staff. Rest in Peace Barbara.

Until next time … a thought for the week … kindness costs nothing but means everything ….