The Gatesworth Holidays

Gatesworth reisdents Donna Ward and Ellen Schneiderman.

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The joy of the season cannot be contained into one holiday event at The Gatesworth, where residents and guests celebrate throughout a variety of festive dinners and gatherings.

“There’s something for everyone here, starting with Hanukkah,” says Gatesworth resident Ellen Schneiderman. The community recently held its traditional Hanukkah Dinner—which Schneiderman says was delightful—as well as a Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Affair event.

Engulfing the campus in holiday spirit are the lights and décor, which resident Donna Ward says appeared while she was away for Thanksgiving. “We came home, and the trees were up and my lights were outside our patio door—and I didn’t have to do any of it,” says Ward. “I love it. Before, I was always out there struggling with lights and trying to decorate and put up a tree, and now they’re all done for me.”

Still on the calendar is the Winter Family Circus, as well as Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations. The new circus event will feature acrobats, marionettes and comedians, as well as carolers and singing Santa’s helpers. Snacks such as mulled cider, hot cocoa and holiday cookies will be served throughout this family-friendly fete.

In preparation for Christmas, dinner will be served on the 24th, followed by a Christmas Day Dinner Buffet—both with live music to set the holiday mood. To applaud 2013 and ring in 2014, a dinner is planned on New Year’s Eve, as well as a party and, of course, champagne toast.

“[Last year] they handed out little hats and noise-makers—it was a real party!” Ward says. Schneiderman echoes similar memories from the event, explaining the New Year’s Eve celebration as a festive mob of people with goodies and dancing.

Once the season winds down, another welcome service is available for residents: Ward says she doesn't have to worry about taking down the holiday décor. “I have the beauty without the work."

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