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Christmas Memories

By: Vanessa Ariza Email
By: Vanessa Ariza Email

Most gifts have finally been unwrapped and many families are gathering 'round the tree.

For some of the elderly in the Wiregrass, they remember those treasured memories like it was yesterday.

The sounds of the piano keys take residents at Wesley Manor Retirement Home back to their fondest memories of the holiday season.

"I remember one exciting Christmas, we lived in a corner house where the street went that way and this way and lived right on the corner. The street light shown down and there was something parked out there; I thought it was Santa and his sleigh. I got so excited, I didn't know what to do,” says Louise Vaughn of Wesley Manor.

"The fondest memory was when we all were small kids and Santa Clause came to see us. We all got gifts and we just had the big family and we enjoyed it," says Mary Bass, another resident at Wesley Manor.

Louise Vaughn and Mary Bass have spent many Christmas Day’s at Wesley Manor. They say though it's not like years ago, it’s still very special.

"Christmas here is fine. They've always had pretty Christmas trees and the wreaths and it’s just festive all around. The people are all kind and sweet," says Bass.

The staff at the home says the residents enjoy the atmosphere and take part in all the festivities.

"They love it, they really do. It is just like home. A lot of residents, they will decorate their rooms, they have Christmas trees, whatever the holiday is, a lot of them will decorate their rooms for those occasions,” says Asst. Administrator Vivian Readus of Wesley Manor.

For Vaughn and Bass, the season isn't about what you get, but who you spend it with.

"I feel like I got a lot of friends and that's what counts," says Bass.

The staff at Wesley Manor says at the home, most of the elderly go home with their family for the day and spend the holidays with them.


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