Today I’m going to a Christmas party. It’s being held at the centre where my hospice client with dementia attends four days a week. It’s a day program that offers recreational, physical, social and spiritual activities to individuals with limitations and challenges.
Anyhow, as many of my blogging pals know, I volunteer with the local hospice organization and I’ve been providing support to this elderly man’s family every Wednesday since last October. A couple of weeks ago, his wife asked me if I wanted to attend the party this year. He’s allowed to have one guest. I was surprised and pleased and honoured - in that order - that she would offer this to me.
There’ll be a whole lot of fun stuff going on, which includes a sit down lunch, a visit from Santa and - get this - Scottish dancing! Yeah. I can’t wait.
Today’s party will definitely be one of the most special moments this holiday season. And perhaps it’ll kick start the Christmas enthusiasm, which is lacking this year. Despite my festive posts, I’m having trouble getting into it. I have absolutely no Christmas spirit. Zip. Zero. I haven’t even started decorating yet. I’m not sure why this is happening and I’m confident my Christmas spirit will kick in at some point. But still. It’s a little disheartening. Raise your hand if you feel the same way.
Last week at the mall, the most amazing man in the world and I saw a bunch of young men waiting for their photos from Santa. They had taken a group shot, all of them wearing Christmas sweaters, and they were laughing and joking and having a grand old time as they waited for their pictures to be printed. This made me smile. It reminded me of when my girls were little and I’d take them to see Santa. They’d take a photo together with him and then I’d request one more where I’d be included. Santa would smile and ask me what I wanted for Christmas and I’d say “a vacation would be nice”. He’d chuckle and hand me some candy. Vacation denied.
Speaking of Santa... Apparently, he doesn’t have just elves making toys in the workshop. Here’s a cute video of some other helpers. Enjoy and have a super weekend!