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Traditions of Christmas at Athens Creek

December 21st, 2022

On the Buses

One evening in December some 26 residents of Points West Living Athens Creek along with care partner Ellie Bertrand and her daughter Kate, went on a bus tour of Penticton to view the greater community’s Christmas lights.

They all got on board the Penticton Transit bus just after 6:30 pm when the darkness could showcase the Christmas lights of the city. The bus took the group on an hour-long tour around the town to view private homes that have decorated for the season.

Returning to Athens Creek, they all gathered in the lounge for freshly baked gingersnap cookies from the kitchen and some delicious eggnog. A perfect holiday tradition!

Cookies with Kids

The Christmas season is always richer when children are part of the celebrations, as  when kids from the Parkway Elementary School came to Athens Creek to spend time with residents to make sugar cookies together.

Then 30 kindergarteners came by one day to sing songs and dance for the residents. The children joined the adults to gather around tables set up as decorating stations for the cookies and later, the kids presented the residents with gifts of their own hand-made Christmas ornaments.

Decorators Nancy Birch-Jones and Dennis Annesley helped the kids while General manager Donna McBeth and care partner Katchina Armstrong-Duteau helped in the kitchen. Cookies and kids pics can be viewed here.

Bus tour photos of Bernie Strohmann, Pauline Freeborn, Carol Rowley enjoying the tour and the eggnog can be seen here. 


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