LIKE MANY PEOPLE, I love this time of year. Although it's bustling with lots of traditional family and community activities, it's the goodwill we show each other that makes this season special to me.
The staff and residents at Sykesville Eldercare Center showed their giving spirit yesterday with a holiday party for area children.
About 50 disadvantaged children were treated to a festive party in the center's social hall. The children, ages 3 to 12, enjoyed light refreshments, songs and games with the residents and staff.
A highlight for many was a visit from Santa Claus. Santa had a gift for each child and spent a few minutes with each discussing the rest of their Christmas wish lists.
The party was the first such event at the nursing home since Continuum Care Corp. assumed operations there.
Peggy Keiki, the center's director of admissions and marketing, was pleased with the gathering.
"We are anticipating that this will be an annual event. We want to show the community that we are a part of the community and our residents are part of the community as well," she said.
The nursing home residents seemed to get almost as much pleasure from the party as the children. I guess it really can be better to give than to receive.
School singing tradition
Holiday songs and caroling always add a merry touch to this season.
Students at Carrolltowne Elementary School have made a tradition of sharing songs on the last day of school before the holiday break.
The school was alive with joyful voices Friday afternoon as each grade performed. Lots of practice went into the preparations.
Students, teachers and staff got into the holiday spirit as many favorite carols were sung in sing-along fashion.
The fun began the children's holiday break on a good note.
Carolers travel area
Joyful voices and the giving of time and talents were the emphasis of recent caroling by a small group from St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church in Eldersburg.
Carolers visited several area nursing homes and a retirement community.
Residents at Robosson Convalescent Center, just over the Baltimore County line, were serenaded with Christmas carols and many joined the singing.
Carolers traveled the halls of Sykesville Eldercare Center and brought holiday cheer to folks who were unable to leave their rooms. A few residents joined the singers as they made their way through the facility.
A holiday party at the Marvin Gardens retirement community was the perfect ending for the carolers. With organ accompaniment, carolers and residents ended the evening with loud voices and good cheer.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers in Southeast Carroll for their support over the past year. I enjoy hearing from you about what's going on in your schools, clubs and churches. I wish each of you a blessed Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
Pub Date: 12/24/96