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December 22, 2023

Rock Creek Senior Living: Celebrating 46 Days of Holiday Cheer and Creating Cherished Traditions!

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Elizabeth Keislar, Resident Services Director

The Holiday Season is upon us, and at Rock Creek Senior Living, we are celebrating in a big way! Many of our residents spent decades of their lives 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. Joining in on new and exciting moments created by Arrow Senior Living and our community team. To round out the 46-day extravaganza! The culinary team will take us on a special 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 is the Door Decorating contest. I love how excited our residents get to have the opportunity to show off their creativity and bring some color and joy to their front doors. Ultimately, they don’t care who the winner is, but they love going around and seeing all the different ideas.

I find Christmas special because it brings me joy and happiness. Seeing all the twinkly lights people put up, the decked-out trees and the sense of community and family attached to it gives us something to look forward to during winter blues.

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


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Rock Creek Senior Living in Ankeny, IA offers senior villas, 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 Mercy One Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Briarwood Golf, The District Shopping Center, Saylorville Lake Marina, Big Creek State Park, and Ankeny Community Theater.

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