Residents enjoy a magical Christmas at Oaklands

Posted on 5 January 2022

The residents have enjoyed lots of fun activities this Christmas; beginning the festive season by creating lovely homemade gifts for their families, followed by an afternoon quiz. We also held a self-care day, to get ready for the big day, which started with some gentle exercises to unwind and relax, then a nail pampering session in the afternoon.

One of the biggest highlights was when Santa visited us on a very special Fire Engine, covered in Christmas lights and decorations. The amazing experience was thoroughly enjoyed by residents and staff, who were very pleased to meet Santa at the door. It was lovely that local children also joined in singing and dancing to the fire engine music from the end of the drive.

The team also set up a Christmas photo booth and took lots of photos of the residents having fun with Christmas props. Staff member, Tracey, came up with the fantastic idea to hold a raffle and all the staff donated prizes. The residents had a brilliant time and thoroughly enjoyed tucking into the treats.

The residents celebrated in style at our Christmas party and enjoyed a delicious Christmas spread prepared by our wonderful chef, Grazia. There was lots of cracker pulling, joke telling, singing and games, before we were visited by Santa Claus, who handed out special gifts to our wonderful residents.

Commenting on the festivities, Home Manager, Nicola Ray said; “It was so nice to see residents having such a magical time, despite the world’s current pandemic.

“We would like to give a special thanks to all of our staff who made Christmas so special for our residents. Waterside Christmas Fire Engine for putting on such a memorable event and also to Marchwood Junior School who sent lovely thoughtful cards, paintings and drawings to wish our residents a Merry Christmas. Not forgetting Santa Claus himself, who kindly visited us all the way from the North Pole!

“We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to sharing lots of special times with our residents in 2022!”

If you would like more information about the special events we hold at Oaklands, please contact our team on 02380 845759 or email