Christmas at St Luke's 2023 was a very busy, festive time with lots of entertainment, visits from family from afar and good food!
Christmas card making sessions were held in the Activities Room - one resident made lots of cards for her family - she is very talented 🤩 Audrey made a card which she gave to her visiting friend who was delighted with it, as well as a Christmas wreath from paper, felt and decorations.
Jenny www.jennyyeongflowersandbotanicals.co.uk demonstrated how to create a large Christmas wreath using flowers and foliage, to a large group of residents.
Music was a big feature as always this year. Headington Prep School brought 20 year two children and 18 year six pupils to sing carols and Christmas songs for us at St Luke's. Their performance was so polished and enthusiastic, it brought great joy to residents. It also coincided with the school's Christmas Jumper day and their colourful knitwear added an extra sprinkling of magic on top.
Laudate, the Choral Group from Corpus Christi Church, Headington, Oxford raised the roof with upbeat, energetic Carols and good cheer - it made us all feel very Christmassy - Pic 3 - group of singers/musicians
Regular performers like the Tim Dawes Jazz Trio, Nick Gill, Ragtime pianist and Jonty Hedges, flautist, all wove the Christmas spirit into their sets, enhanced by festive refreshments like mulled wine and mince pies, baileys and lebkuchen. And two local musical families spiced up the Saturday coffee morning with singing and carols.
Residents, trustees and staff at St Luke's had a Christmas Party where we all enjoyed a delicious buffet and festive drinks. Everyone gathered in our Garden Room to mingle and for the Raffle draw, raising funds for residents' activities. Generous donations were received from local businesses like Headington Hardwares, V&F Beauty Lounge, S&R Childs, and The Oxford Framing Gallery. There were tempting treats donated by Co-op, Sainsbury's and Aldi, and vouchers from Merry People footwear and Dodo Pubs, a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses from Gardiners Opticians, and staff and visitors. There was a jolly atmosphere, celebrating all together.
In our Monday Club, the week before Christmas, residents made Christingles in preparation for the Christingle Service, taken by Father Darren of St Andrew's Church, Headington, supported by Father Luke. Two residents and a member of the management team delivered the readings for the Service and everyone enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.
And finally, the big day itself…..Staff visited all our residents on Christmas day, serving sherry and Madeira and delivering presents, before everyone enjoyed a good Christmas lunch 🎅
What a Christmas!