This week, we begin our last month of the year. Can you believe it is December already? I must say, this year has flown by so quickly. We have had a very different year, as we really never knew what each day would bring us, especially from March until now. But we have all adapted and tackled each day as a new beginning, thanking our Lord that we are still here to spread joy and love to one another.

When we think of December, we think of cold weather and Christmas. Here are some fun facts about December that you might bring up in conversation with your family and friends. December was originally the 10th month in the Roman calendar. It gets its name from the Latin word “decem,” which means tenth. When the Romans added January and February to the calendar, it became the 12th month, but they still kept the name. Interesting, huh?

The birthstone for December is turquoise, zircon or tanzanite. The flower is holly or narcissus. Do you know what that is? Narcissus is a daffodil-type flower that is usually white or yellow in color. The zodiac sign is Sagittarius or Capricorn.

Our main activity theme for this month is “A Nutcracker and Sugarplum Christmas.” Activities are still being conducted in our ladies’ and gentlemen’s rooms, but we are hoping that group activities will begin very soon. This week, we are mainly discussing, making and tasting sugarplums. We will make sugarplum balls and sugarplum pudding, make an evergreen necklace, travel to England for a taste of English winter and then finish up the week with a holiday movie and eggnog. Did you know they make pumpkin eggnog? I saw that at the grocery store last week. Did anyone try it? If they still have it, we will give it a try. Also on Friday, we will try out our plum pudding treat. I hope they are good. I will let you know next week.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, a group of carolers will walk around our facility singing Christmas songs as they travel from window to window spreading joy to our ladies and gentlemen. If you would like to come caroling, please feel free to stop by anytime. If you want, you can give us a call to let us know you are coming at (417) 345-2228.

Once again, we would like to thank you for all of your prayers and well-wishes. Buffalo is a wonderful town, and the love that has been shown to our residents and staff has been amazing.

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