There’s no way around it – Christmas around Copley at Stoughton will feel different this year. I mentioned last month that our annual Thanksgiving holiday party was not the same without the hundreds of families and other guests who usually gather here to celebrate. It was heartwarming though to hear from all our residents and what they are thankful for in 2020. Their messages of hope, love, and family should be an inspiration to us all during the holiday seasons.
One thing is for sure: it’s still going to look like Christmas. Our incredible staff has been hard at work decorating Copley with our usual festive Christmas tree in the lobby and literally decking the halls. That includes residents’ room doors to help them get into the holiday spirit. It’s been a hard year for everyone, but especially our residents. We at Copley continue to do everything we can to keep them continually engaged so they don’t feel isolated and alone.
You’ll notice that in particular this holiday season. We’ve modified some of our annual events to ensure we can get together safely. We are extremely grateful that everyone is on board with us to ensure all our residents and staff stay safe and healthy!
As I write this, I think of the hope we have for 2021, now that the vaccines are starting to roll out. Normally, no matter what our personal faiths, we associate this time of year with getting together with family. It may be harder to do this Christmas, but thanks to technology like FaceTime and Zoom, it’s not impossible. Yes, the holidays will be different, but it will also be special in other ways. This year’s holiday season gives me a new appreciation for the family and loved ones we have in our lives. When they say “cherish the moments,” this is a good reminder about what they mean.
Happy Holidays to everyone! Here’s to a Happy – and Hopeful – New Year!