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December 22, 2023

Creating Unforgettable Memories at Vitalia Strongsville: 46 Days of Holiday Cheer!

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Jill Pawloski, Resident Services Director

The Holiday Season is upon us, and at Vitalia Strongsville, we are celebrating in a big way! Many of our residents spent decades creating memorable holiday traditions with their families. Throughout the season, we intend to create moments that celebrate all sorts of traditions. With the goal of helping our residents feel at home during the holiday season. Moments like these are what make this time of year extra special. 

Last year, we celebrated the holidays with 45 days of cheer. This year, we’re going even bigger with a whopping 46 Days of Holiday Cheer! We’ve made several exciting additions we can’t wait to enjoy. A beautiful new tree, which served as the centerpiece of our Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree was planted on the grounds of our community. On December 14th, we broke out our favorite dip recipes for a Dipmas Party!  

While there are some new and exciting additions to this year’s traditions. We’re thankful for the moments spent celebrating our beloved traditions from years past. Among our favorites are sharing snowflake blessings, toasting hot cocoa drinks during our Marshmallow World Happy Hour, and singing Christmas carols throughout the community. We also continued our intergenerational Story Corner with a reading of “Here Comes Hanukkah.”  

While many days are behind us, the holiday cheer continues through the end of December and into the first week of January. This allows our residents to enjoy plenty of classic Holiday traditions. Also, Arrow Senior Living and our community team created new and exciting moments. To round out the 46-day extravaganza! The culinary team will take us on an exceptional daily dining experience. Each day highlighting dishes themed around the 12 Days of Christmas!  

Of the 46 Days of Holiday Cheer, my favorite to celebrate with the residents was the First Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. A magical night filled with friends, family, and even Santa made it special! Everyone shared a beautiful meal while listening to holiday music. Both young and old had their pictures taken with Santa, while shoppers supported local vendors and small businesses. It was the perfect weather for outdoor tree lighting.  

My family doesn’t have many traditions anymore since those who carried them on are not with us anymore or have moved away. We started one tradition when I was older: we went out to a tree farm and chopped down our real tree. Only a few families go out and do that anymore.

Follow us along on our Holiday Cheer journey by visiting our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VITALIAStrongsville

You can also check us out on TikTok for more holiday content!

VITALIA® Strongsville in Strongsville, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mallard Creek, Southpark Mall, Strongsville Historical Society, The Greens of Strongsville Shopping , and Don’s Pomeroy House.

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