We decked the halls with boughs of holly…

Christmas at The Old Rectory is a heart-warming time for staff, residents and families alike;
the air hangs heavy with expectation, and there is an extra spring in all our steps as the
business of the day unfolds. The celebrations get underway early when the decorations are
unpacked, and twinkly lights adorn the communal areas – infusing the entire building with
good cheer.

The festive season is always a busy one, and this year was no exception. Our Christmas tree
stood tall and proud, festooned with baubles and laden with gifts, while a month-long
programme of activities occupied our days with light-hearted fun. The church choir dropped
by to entertain us with a rousing recital of favourite carols – much to everyone’s delight –
and several visits from local schoolchildren ensured The Old Rectory was filled with the
sound of joyous laughter.

Residents enjoyed regular games and sing-alongs, and craft sessions were dedicated to
producing home-made decorations that included personalised festive wreaths that many
chose to hang from their bedroom doors.

… for it was the season to be jolly

When the big day arrived, staff and residents dressed in their finery and gathered together
on Christmas morning in eager anticipation of what lay ahead – presents were exchanged
and yuletide celebrations began in earnest.

Our wonderful kitchen staff excelled themselves, as always, providing a splendid feast of
festive fare – all beautifully presented on seasonally-themed tablecloths – as guests joined
loved ones to drink in the atmosphere in true family style. Smiles were never far from
everyone’s faces, and peace, love and good will to all men were the order of the day.

But now Christmas is fading into the distance for another year, we can look forward to doing
it all again soon… Time will fly by, but in the meantime let us hope 2023 is a happy one for
us all.