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Step Aside COVID-19, We’re Still Going to Have A Holly, Jolly Christmas

Front view of senior couple indoors at home at Christmas, having video call with family.

COVID-19 may have complicated things this year, but who says it has to steal our holiday cheer? There are still so many options to choose from when it comes to celebrating Christmas in a fun (and above all, safe) way with loved ones. Here’s how UMC at Collingswood is experiencing the magic of Christmas this year! 

Resident parties & activities

Our residents’ social calendars are all booked up this December! There will be themed days throughout the month like Disney Day, Winter Blues Day and Tree Trimming Day, to name a few. There will also be fun contests that all assisted living residents can take part in. One of our favorites is the “Resident Door Decorating Contest” where each resident will adorn the front door of their apartment with holiday decorations. Judgement day will be held on the 14th – whoever has the best-looking door may just win a special prize!

All celebrations will incorporate the latest COVID-safety guidelines, to ensure each resident’s health, safety and most of all, enjoyment! One example of how we’re doing this, is to have the resident Christmas parties separated by each floor/neighborhood. This limits the number of people in attendance, therefore reducing the chances of possible exposure. Not to mention, all of our associates and outside vendors are evaluated and must test negative before entering the building. For more information on our health and safety procedures during COVID-19, please visit our website. 

Christmas movies, cookies and hot cocoa – oh my!

Hands down, one of the best parts of the holidays is to curl up on the couch with hot cocoa and a fresh baked cookie to watch a classic Christmas movie. At Collingswood, we planned ahead and will have a different Christmas movie to watch every Saturday night! We will also have Christmas Pajama Day on the 22nd, when all residents can lounge around in their festive PJs all day and drink as much hot chocolate as their heart desires (within reason)! Not to mention, “cookie of the week” baking throughout the whole month. Our sweet tooths are rejoicing already. 

Virtual & live entertainment

Every month, we have our virtual trivia competition with the Collingswood High School Interact Club, which includes our assisted living residents and the students and teachers of the school.  This time around, the trivia questions will relate to the holiday season! 

We also have several live entertainments scheduled. The residents will stay in the Chapel, while different Christmas carolers will be performing on the front porch. Most importantly, Santa Claus is coming to town! Collingswood residents will be able to take pictures with Santa and create holiday cards with the photos to send to family and friends.  

Celebrating the holidays in our NJ assisted living community

At UMC at Collingswood, we’re committed to making this holiday season special for our residents and their families. This year may look a little different than previous ones, but we are tripling our efforts to make this year memorable, fun and above all, safe!

With that said, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very, Merry Christmas. We hope you are finding a way to connect with loved ones safely, and feel a little bit of spirit that makes Christmas the most wonderful time of the year. 

If you’d like to see if we’re the right assisted living option in Camden County, New Jersey, for your loved one, please contact us today. 


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