December 22, 2023

46 Days of Holiday Cheer: Celebrating Traditions and Togetherness at Rushwood Senior Living

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Jamie O’Toole, Resident Services Director

The Holiday Season is upon us, and at The Rushwood Senior Living, we are celebrating in a big way! Many of our residents spent decades creating memorable holiday traditions with their families. Throughout the season, we intend to create moments that celebrate all sorts of traditions. With the goal of helping our residents feel at home during the holiday season. Moments like these are what make this time of year extra special. 

Last year, we celebrated the holidays with 45 days of cheer. This year, we’re going even bigger with a whopping 46 Days of Holiday Cheer! We’ve made several exciting additions we can’t wait to enjoy. A beautiful new tree, which served as the centerpiece of our Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree was planted on the grounds of our community. On December 14th, we broke out our favorite dip recipes for a Dipmas Party!  

While there are some new and exciting additions to this year’s traditions. We’re thankful for the moments spent celebrating our beloved traditions from years past. Among our favorites are sharing snowflake blessings, toasting hot cocoa drinks during our Marshmallow World Happy Hour, and singing Christmas carols throughout the community. We also continued our intergenerational Story Corner with a reading of “Here Comes Hanukkah.”  

While many days are behind us, the holiday cheer continues through the end of December and into the first week of January. This allows our residents to enjoy plenty of classic Holiday traditions and new and exciting moments created by Arrow Senior Living and our community team. To round out the 46-day extravaganza! The culinary team will take us on an exceptional daily dining experience. Each day highlighting dishes themed around the 12 Days of Christmas!  

Of the 46 Days of Holiday Cheer, I look forward to celebrating the winter solstice with our residents. When I was small, I remember carving oranges with my granny and putting cloves into the carved peel. I fondly remember her hands as she kneaded dough for baked bread and the aromatics of wassail she would serve in crystal glasses. Growing up, the celebration of winter solstice seemed unusual to my peers, which made it feel even more sacred to me.

The people I get to share Christmas with, the love and friendship shared amongst those dear to me, who are near or far, is what makes it special.

Follow us along on our Holiday Cheer journey by visiting our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rushwoodseniorliving

You can also check us out on TikTok for more holiday content!

The Rushwood Senior Living in Wichita, KS offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Terradyne Country Club, Bradley Fair, Greenwich Place, Botanica Gardens, Great Plains Nature Center, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Keeper of the Plains, and World Treasures Museum.

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