Friday, December 20, 2013

Betty's RV Park Christmas Carolers

Friday, December 20, 2013

Five days 'til Christmas and all is well.  A large group of RV-campers headed out this morning at 9:30 for a day of Christmas caroling at three separate assisted living facilities.  We had practiced a couple of times and a few of the group had been designated soloists for our 45-minute-long program of lively Christmas caroling.  Our first 'engagement' started at 10; some of us (me) didn't quite have our voices up to their virtuoso best; but the residents seemed to really enjoy the music and sang along with us a good part of the time

After our morning concert we all went to a local Chinese cafeteria-style restaurant.  I'm the San Francisco girl with lots of Chinese food experience, due to our large Chinese population and plethora of regional Chinese restaurants.  So, I kind of wondered when I saw the cafeteria set up.  I needn't have been concerned; the food was excellent with representation of several regional specialties.  The food was freshly made, using traditional ingredients, in a presentation that was appetizing.  I spoke with a couple of the waitresses who informed me that they're all from Taiwan.

After lunch we headed to our second engagement where we were met with a similar enthusiastic and  appreciative audience.  The idea of caroling all day long seemed a little much to me; but when I saw the residents and began singing I've found that I'm thrilled to have been a part of it.  And, as the day went on, our voices responded to the infectious enthusiasm.  At our last call I think we looked and sounded very professional!

These were among the nicest assisted living facilities I've visited, and they were 
really decked out for Christmas 
Our group had been asked to wear red tops.  We 
looked pretty snazzy if I do say myself
Each of these facilities had lovely sitting, conference, crafts and dining rooms.
It was evident that the staffs were interested in their residents and
all the residents appeared to be happy.  After each concert we
 circulated throughout the audiences to give personal wishes for a happy holiday season
After having worked in nursing for the number of years I have, I know how special 
it was for these people to see a group of singers, most just about their ages,
volunteering to participate in their holiday celebration.

And I think I speak for the entire group of carolers when I say that I got so much more out of it than I'd expected.  It's a wonderful experience to go into a new part of the country and feel like I've
given something of myself to the folks I meet
This is not our whole group.  Several of us had taken this time to go behind 
some of the residents to snap some photos

This particular facility is home to 138 residents.  We even had a lovely conversation with 
a lady who is celebrating her 101st birthday today

Merry Christmas to all - the end for today

11 comments:

  1. Where's Croft and Norma? I don't see them caroling!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kevin:
      I know; they didn't go with us. I think Norma had a cold. I'm excited to get to know them better. They'd left Hacienda before I got there.

      Delete
  2. What a nice thing for you all to do! It's a Christmas gift to all the elderly residents and to your group, too. Giving of your time and voices is such a wonderful thing.

    One of my childhood memories is doing the same thing. My Brownie Troop visited an "old people's home," and we sang for them. I can still remember walking down that hallway with the elderly people lining the halls, some in wheelchairs, smiling at us and reaching out to touch us. They were so grateful for our performance. Of course, I think these places are completely different these days, and hopefully smell better, too. ;)

    Merry Christmas, Mary-Pat! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the nice words and Merry Christmas to you two also.
      I loved caroling when I was young - it's been a while so this was a treat for me too.

      Delete
  3. what a wonderful Christmas gift, your group must be blessed with the spirit of Christ.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Wayne; it's nice of you to say. I know it's making my Christmas nicer.

      Delete
  4. That is one of my most special things about Christmas. Being able to share music with others means so much.

    I do hope you get to meet Croft and Norma, what a small world it is.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HI:
      I did meet them but they've already left again. We know we'll meet up again. What a small world this RV community is. Have a very Merry Christmas.

      Delete