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December 22, 2023

Vitalia North Olmsted’s 46 Days of Holiday Cheer: Creating Joyful Traditions with Our Residents

Category: Senior Living

Author: Jacqueline Hendershot, Resident Services Director

The Holiday Season is upon us, and at Vitalia North Olmsted, 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 a unique daily dining experience. Each day highlighting dishes themed around the 12 Days of Christmas!  

Of the 46 Days of Holiday Cheer, my favorite to celebrate with the residents was the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. It was amazing! Being new to the 46 Days and all the things involved with the winter market, reindeer, Santa, and Mrs. Claus, it was a fabulous kickoff, but I know I can improve upon next year with this experience under my belt. I have the best team who got me through the event and pitched in without asking!

Holidays at Vitalia are something I am looking forward to because, on a personal level, Christmas is a particularly challenging time of the year. Knowing I can brighten the residents’ spirits and make Christmas at Vitalia special to them is something I am taking to heart each day. Their home should be festive and joyful!

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


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VITALIA® North Olmsted in North Olmsted, OH 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 St. John West Shore with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Crusher’s Stadium, Crocker Park, North Olmsted Senior Center, North Olmsted Library, Bradley Woods Park (Cleveland Metro Parks), and Cleveland Zoo.

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