By Amanda L., Groundskeeper
The holidays can be difficult for anyone, let alone for people who are in treatment and trying to learn new ways to live. At Taylor Made Retreat, we do our very best as a team to make sure that all of our clients feel connected, loved, and still able to experience some of the holiday magic.
In the days leading up to the holidays, the house gets decorated top to bottom. Together, the staff and residents make gingerbread houses, exchange gifts, and go on excursions to see Christmas lights. (This year, we visited Peacock Lane and the Zoolights.) The residents also made personal Christmas ornaments and crafts during their time in art class.
“Acknowledging that none of us are at home, and we are away from our families, the staff at Taylor Made try to make it feel as special as they can,” says one past resident, Kristi. “One year a house manager bought every single person slippers – nice slippers – and we all got a nice pillow. All of our stockings were filled with lotion and candy and candy canes. They don’t have to do that, but they do.”
We also annually host a holiday meal, and we encourage clients to invite their families to join us. This year, Chef Heather is going to be delighting our clients and guests with her take on the traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes.
“The Christmas meal is made lovingly as a family meal. It’s not just ‘let me order something and give it to you’ – this is a holiday for all of us to spend together and enjoy, and be grateful,” continued Kristi.
With continued gratefulness, all of us here wish you and your loved ones joyous holiday season, no matter where life finds you. May we all find happiness, healthy, and spiritual growth in the new year!