Yes…it is that time of year again. A time when family and friends gather together to enjoy one another, to
partake in fabulous holiday menus, and perhaps to tell stories of years gone by. The cause of these gatherings may be for different reasons, but the result is the same – special time with people we love and enjoy being with.
Family members throughout the years help keep us young and vibrant. It brings meaning and purpose to our lives and helps to focus on a positive outlook on the future. Multiple generations are usually together during the holidays even if they are not together any other time of the year. Families often become so busy with their own lives that the parents or grandparents take a bit of a “back-burner” position.
Sometimes a family member is living in a retirement community or an assisted living facility and they may feel abandoned and left out of the family gatherings. Some communities/facilities do not welcome holiday visitors and do not encourage this multi-generational interaction. At Mountain Meadows 55+ Community we know how important family is to the enjoyment of the residents. We know that grandchildren and great-grandchildren are, to many, the most important part of their lives.
Residents of this special community have their own kitchens and dining rooms and can cook the same holiday foods and carry out the same traditions that they’ve shared with their families for years. For some, however, the preparation of the holiday meal has become a burden, but the gathering around the meal remains vital. The Meadowlark Dining Room at Mountain Meadows provides an opportunity for families to gather and enjoy a superb meal with no clean-up afterward. Many residents make their reservations for the holiday meal well in advance to be sure they can be with their families.
The holidays are a time to celebrate life, celebrate family, and celebrate friends. It is time to laugh, to be joyful, to share stories of years gone by. It is a time to tell the young generations the stories and share traditions that make a family a family; the important things that make the houses and buildings we reside in become the homes we live and love in. The cherished memories and memories made new, the reconciliation of families and friends, the true meaning of giving and sharing – these are all very precious parts of a happy, joy-filled life and it can and will happen – when we are “Home for the Holidays.”
HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone from all of us at Mountain Meadows 55+ Community.
May your holiday be filled with happiness and joy.