Every December a fantastic tree from Elysian Hills arrives. The tree gets decorated with the help of our 8th grade companions from Hilltop Montessori. Beforehand, we pop a mountain of popcorn and string it with cranberries while chatting and listening to carols.
Many of the ornaments pre-date me: beautiful handmade lace snowflakes, golden walnuts which were made to replicate ones a resident made while she was a girl in Germany, and others from craft projects and people’s collections. The tree always comes together beautifully.
In the evenings the lights and reflections of the tree warm the Blue Room. Sometimes I read with one little light on so everyone can bask in its glow and listen to the familiar words of holiday stories.
Pam makes beautiful wreaths each year that deck our doors and Chelsea beautifies the parlor, elevators and dining room, with her amazing style.