As Christmas approaches us, YWCA Crisis shelter and Residence is starting to transform into a cozy winter home. The decorations are out as we get ready to start taking in festive activities. We kicked things off with our annual Christmas Tree decorating. It feels great to get the residents together while we listen to festive music and decorate the shelter tree. We also have crafts in store for the residents, like ornament making, gingerbread house building and baking. There will be a Christmas Wishes Ceremony where we invite the residents for a peaceful evening to acknowledge the strength they hold and the hardships they have overcome or are working through. This is a healing night for the residents and helps everyone prepare for the holidays; which can be an emotional time. Santa and Mrs Claus will also be visiting the children at the Shelter and a professional photographer who will capture their beautiful smiles as they enjoy this special visit from Santa. We will also be including our yearly tradition of a waffle breakfast, where staff get up bright and early and have fun making a waffle breakfast for the residents! It’s a fun tradition that everyone enjoys and gives the residents a chance to enjoy their morning with a hot cup of coffee and a tasty feast in the making. We will also have a special activity before Christmas Eve comes; we will have a Santa letter workshop with the kids in the shelter. We will write up little letters and pictures to leave Santa while enjoying some hot cocoa and cookies.
The best part of Christmas is the morning of Christmas day when everyone wakes up to presents and, of course, a turkey feast for supper!