A Very Primrose Christmas

By | January 3, 2014
Resident Marian McDaniel accompanies soloist Erin Winstead, Primrose KC's Executive Director

Resident Marian McDaniel accompanies soloist Erin Winstead, Primrose KC’s Executive Director

Chef Phillip reading a beloved Christmas rhyme.

Chef Phillip reading a beloved Christmas rhyme.

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

On Friday, December 20th at 12:30 p.m., the annual Christmas program commenced. With Marian McDaniel at the piano, residents were welcomed to the afternoon of music and celebration with the jaunty “We Need a Little Christmas.” Feeling light and cheery, housekeeper Jennifer Good shared a greeting (written by Joan Brown) with all those in attendance about how this season, no matter how busy, brings a warmth to the hearts of all those who celebrate.

After the group sang the catchy “Deck the Halls”, Executive Director Erin Winstead crooned a beautiful rendition of “The Christmas Song”. Of course, the holiday hardly seems complete without the mention of the number one resident of the North Pole. Chef Phillip shared arguably the most popular story about Santa Claus, “The Night Before Christmas”, and the residents, jolly in their own right, belted out the fun “Up on the Housetop”. The smiles on their faces lit up the Activity Room better than any holiday candles ever could.

The true reason for the season, however, is the birth of the Christ child so many years ago in Bethlehem. After hearing the prophecy of the holy birth as told by Isaiah, the group sang “O Come O Come Emmanuel”. Sheila Perkins-Koch, Director of Nursing, read aloud a passage from the second chapter of Matthew telling of the journey of the magi just before two verses of “We Three Kings” were sung. In hearing the next passage, Luke 2:1-20, attendees heard of the majesty and simplicity of the birth of the savior, the king of all people. Marian played “Angels We Have Heard on High” and glorias rang out as all sang along. Again, Erin sheared her beautiful soprano with “Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head”.

Ballroom-dance enthusiasts Chef Phillip Martin and wife, Catherine, then danced a nightclub rock to the Dodie Stevens tune “Merry, Merry Christmas, Baby” which was very well received by the residents as was made evident by the din of great applause.

The program concluded with two more traditional Christmas hymns, “Joy to the World” and “O Come All Ye Faithful”, and a prayer and benediction shared by LEC Abigail Lancaster wishing many blessings on all Primrose Kansas City residents, including peace for the soul, love for the heart, and great joy for the whole of life.

Spirits were made bright during the 45-minute program, and the value of tradition was once again evident during this annual program celebrating the season. Many thanks are extended to all those who made the program possible, including Marian McDaniel, Erin, Vicki Banyas, Jennifer, Chef Phillip and Catherine, Brenda Pliler, Sheila, and all of the residents who attended. In the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, everyone!”

by Abigail Lancaster,
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!


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