Holland Gardens retirement residence in Bradford welcomed its first residents in April of this year – and celebrated its first-ever residents’ Christmas Party on Thursday night.
There were treats, egg nog, and a visit from Santa, and every resident received a special gift, said General Manager Marisa Jeronimo: "A snow tree." The tiny live tree could be used by residents to decorate their rooms or entrance, in keeping not only with the season, but the “Garden” concept of the retirement residence.
'Elf' Darlene LaJoie took photos of the residents as they posed with Santa Claus, and singer Patricia Duffy, of Romance in Music, sang holiday songs and old favourites, encouraging the residents to sing along. The party was a delightful celebration of the season, and only the start of seasonal festivities at the retirement residence.
On Dec. 13, residents were invited to a Winter Wonderland Fashion Show. They could sign up for a Gift Exchange on Dec. 16, and on Dec. 25, from 4:30 to 5 p.m., were invited to enjoy a Christmas dinner, of turkey with all the trimmings.
Holland Gardens Retirement Residence is located at 552 Holland St. W. in Bradford. For more information on the Verve Senior Living residence, click here.