The Residents began the advent season with a day of prayer and reflection given by Father Pat Martin, a blind priest, who spoke on the theme: Lord, That I May See. He stressed the importance of seeing all things and circumstances with the eyes of faith. He was an inspiration for all the Residents by his firm faith and positive attitude.
Our auditorium was filled to capacity and overflowing with family and friends as the Residents, employees and volunteers performed a Berry, Merry Christmas Show. The highlight of the show was the Nativity Scene. Our maintenance supervisor built a life size crèche for the event. Carmelo, from the maintenance staff, was St. Joseph and one of the Residents, Madeleine, was Mary. Stevie, the 3-month-old son of our dietary supervisor was the baby Jesus.
As everyone was singing Christmas Carols, the shepherds and kings reverently processed before the babe in the manger. Angels then came forward, followed by the little drummer boy, who was the older sibling of the baby. The cast was a mixture of Residents and employees. It was very touching to see the Residents and employees working together to bring the message of Christmas to all in attendance. Since a lot of our employees are Spanish origin, they joined everyone in singing Feliz Navidad! God has blessed this Home with a beautiful family spirit.
Gregg Esmay, the son of one of our Residents, and owner and chef of the Old Grist Mill Restaurant, hosted and cooked a delicious meal of prime rib and bakes stuffed shrimp for the entire Home. Homemade lemon and banana crisped followed along with a smorgasbord of ice cream and toppings. We are blest with wonderful benefactors!