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"What a Wonderful Time of the Year"

The rooms sparkled with decorations and lights, Christmas tinsel curtains hung at the doors Elves appeared everywhere, both ornamental & real - Thank you to Mandy & Charlotte for dressing up for the afternoon-. The smell of warm mince pies  and Christmas cake along with Mulled wine filled the air.
Tinsel & Star the Reindeer were happily grazing in the garden, allowing people to stroke them in return for a carrot or two. Residents and guest became notably calmer and quieter around the reindeer, proving yet again the value of animal therapy and how we promote it at St Michael's.
The Garden Room filled up quickly with residents, staff and guests and before long it was standing room only, with a queue forming down the corridor!
The dining room was also full of people enjoying the food and drink. Our band "Adrian and the Snowmen" played all afternoon, everyone enjoying their wonderful music, such talented musicians, these gentlemen played for us at a Jazz party back in February and will certainly be back in 2018.
We had a surprise visit from Piggybank Nursery, fifteen 2-3 year olds visiting the reindeer then singing songs for us. The children and their teachers stayed fro some time as they were all feeling comfortable in the surroundings and having such a good time with residents and families, so comfortable in fact that some of them fell asleep!! They left clutching their present a selection box from us, with a promise from the nursery owner that we would definitely link up and arrange regular visits - a nursery afternoon in the Garden Room with children and residents.
The afternoon went so quickly, lots of laughter, singing dancing and party games. It was indeed a wonderful time of the year, seeing everyone gathered together having fun.

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