Holiday Memories Then and Now
Moments of joy may be fleeting, but they remain a part of
your experience for life. Many of the residents at
Heritage Place Senior Living in Bountiful, UT, have fond holiday
memories of eyeing the Christmas presents under the tree, baking holiday treats
as their mom’s special little helper, or writing that letter to Santa in
elementary school. They remember these moments like it was yesterday even though
it has been 50, 60, or 70 years.
At Heritage Place Senior Living, our goal this holiday
season is to create new memories for the men and women within our active senior
community. We have heard many wonderful stories from their childhood and young
adult years, and we would like to instill new ones that are just as memorable
and worthy of reflection.
We interviewed some of our residents about their favorite
Christmas memories, and we were touched by their most heartfelt adventures back
in time. There were so many vivid details that it almost felt as if we had a
front row seat to their childhood.
There were many stories told; here’s a few from the folks
from our senior apartment community:
We would always go to
grandma’s house in Coleville for a Christmas Eve party. Mom made it a tradition to eat breakfast
before opening gifts.
I was one of five
children. I lived in Texas. We would put up the tree two days before
Christmas. We could help with the tinsel
and decorations on the tree. Mother
would take us to the different stores to see Santa. On Christmas Eve Mother
would tell us to go right to sleep or Santa wouldn’t come…but we never
could. It never snowed on Christmas
since we lived in Texas. We would wake
up and Santa Claus had been there. We woke up so early and mother told us we
couldn’t touch anything until we had eaten our breakfast. We ate so fast that day!
I remember a shotgun
under the Christmas tree. I picked it up
and my father asked what I had got there?
I said a gun. He asked what made
me think it was mine. Because I was
asking for a gun. Then the conversation
got serious. He asked again and the same
reply “You know you have 3 older brothers.
Oh yes, I couldn’t overlook my brothers.
Dad reminded me that my name wasn’t on the gun and that it was for all 4
My favorite Christmas
memory was when we lived in Kearns. My
sister had twins and it was their second Christmas. I loved watching the twins really experience
Christmas for the first time. They
wouldn’t leave the Christmas tree alone so my sister put the Christmas tree in
a playpen so the twins couldn’t get to it.
They stood there watching the lights on the tree and would reach out
like they could touch the lights. I
remember seeing the joy and wonder in their faces.
- Brenda H.
Our staff is very excited about the activities we have
planned this year including our annual family Christmas party on December 15
which will feature music, entertainment, and a program. On December 24th, we’ll
also be hosting our resident Christmas party. Additionally, throughout the
month, we’ll enjoy other festivities like watching classic films and hosting a
gingerbread house making contest.
The festivities planned are designed to stimulate the senses
so that all our residents—even those in our
will enjoy new experiences.
When you entrust your loved ones to Heritage Place, we
pledge to create an active senior living community that allows for independent
living with immediate assistance always within reach. Our program is
personalized so that each member in our community receives the right balance of
Please give us a call at (801)298-3241 today for more
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