Residents decorating Christmas cookies in the activity room

Greetings from “The Home” front …

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! We have been celebrating all week here at LMH! Everywhere you look we are in the holiday mood – flowers, wreaths, trees and decorated doors. It truly is a wonderful time of the year!

A special thank you goes out to the AWANA group from Riverside Church who made ornaments and door hangers for our residents. Also thank you to Kathy Baldock and Brenda Roller for brightening up the day with handmade Christmas cards for each of our residents. We appreciate the support our residents receive from community children and adults.

Monday started out with Down Memory Lane. Molly brought several vintage Christmas items including a 1910 Paper Mache Santa and Christmas postcards from the 1900s. There were also ornaments that brought back happy memories of Christmases past. Later in the day there was Rhythm Band, then Bunco and Bingo in the evening. We had Newscurrents on Tuesday morning and Santa made an early stop for our Resident Christmas Party. Every Resident received a gift especially chosen just for them. We thank the local churches and community for monetary donations to help defray the expenses for these gifts so that every resident could be remembered. On Wednesday there was a Christmas Sing-Along in the morning followed by crafts in the afternoon. Afterwards, Residents and Staff also went caroling throughout the hallways while an activities member went shopping for resident requests at Dollar General and Miller’s. On Thursday we played a word association game called CAROL Categories, then the ladies got their nails done just in time for Christmas. Other residents played Noodle Ball and, in the evening, Bingo. There was A Christmas Eve church service on Friday morning followed by the delivery by Santa’s elves (Santa was busy getting his sleigh ready) of our Angel Tree gifts. Every resident received a gift from the Angel Tree, thanks to the generosity of Aasen Drug and our community. Your gifts meant a lot to our residents and their smiles said a big “Thank You” to all of you who participated. On Christmas Day we had Coffee Time, then Sit & Be Fit to help with all those extra Christmas calories. The residents played Bingo in the afternoon and heard the reading of the Christmas Story and One White Envelope.

We start out next week with Crosswords on Sunday afternoon. There is Down Memory Lane on Monday morning followed by Table Hockey and All About New Years. Also, Bingo in the evening. On Tuesday, there is Newscurrents and Rhythm Band. Wednesday brings a discussion of Putting the Past in Order along with Crafts in the afternoon and resident shopping. We have Winter Storm Detective on Thursday morning and a special musical treat by Tim Mosser in the afternoon. Tim puts on a great performance and we are happy to have him back to entertain us. The ladies will also get their nails done at Pretty Nails plus Bingo in the evening. On Friday (New Year’s Eve) we will have church in the morning followed by our New Years Eve Party. I know the Activities Staff has lots of fun and delicious snacks planned for this special event.

Our sympathy to the friends and family of Carol Niemeier who passed away December 14th. Carol was with us briefly but was well known in the community especially as a District 20 Representative in the ND Legislature. While at LMH, Carol enjoyed listening to music, hearing devotions and receiving hand massages. Rest in Peace, Carol, you will be missed by all.

There are no resident birthdays next week but we have three staff birthdays – Eric Eken and Natassaja Eberhardt on December 29th and LaDonna Patraw on December 30th. Happy Birthday and enjoy your special day.

Until next time, a thought for the week …. Gits of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas. May you all have a Blessed Christmas.