One of the things we like about living in a Del Webb Active Adult Community is the Holiday dinners, potlucks, and individual holiday parties! Also the special holiday community events.
We signed up to go to the community Thanksgiving dinner at the clubhouse, just like we did last year. The clubhouse is set up with tables of 8 and the entire grand ballroom will be filled with people enjoying the fellowship and food on Thanksgiving day. They invite you to decorate your table if you wish. For a small fee, the community provides wonderful turkey and we all bring a dish. The food was excellent last year!
Our friends Larry and Dottie will be at our table and so will 4 other people. It’s a good way to meet your community neighbors.
Many people may not be able to be with their families for the holidays. We didn’t have kids ourselves and went to Mary Ann’s mother’s house for many years, then to our nephew’s house on occasion and to our friends home a few times too. But staying home with our community family is a delight, after not staying home for so many years.
Thanksgiving only starts off the holiday party season. Then we have a holiday party for our street, an Overlook section holiday party and a couple of community holiday parties at the clubhouse. Then last year we were lucky enough to get invited to 2 or 3 holiday parties at homes of our community neighbors.
Many seniors can feel isolated or left out during the holidays but in a community like this, there is no reason to feel like that at all. It is something to look forward to and celebrate.
I still plan to drive over to Athens Georgia and have a meal with my two brothers. It is still important to keep in touch with our families but it is just nice to have an option of our own, of spending some holiday time with our Deaton Creek family.
Also see my prior post: An Age To Be Grateful Not Just on Thanksgiving
More Holiday Activities
Many residents have family and friends over for a day or several days during the holidays. It’s ideal because they can go for a walk on our community’s many sidewalks or nine miles of wooded walking trails. Many families with members of all ages like to play bocce on our four bocce courts. For some reason, teenagers love to learn how to play pickleball and are quite good at it. Small grand kids can play at the grand kids playground or splash around in our indoor pool.
The community has special family events like the Spring Family Fish Day, holiday cookie exchange, build a gingerbread house day, meet Santa day, and the annual Easter egg hunt. For residents holiday special events include the huge New Year Eve party at the clubhouse with a band, the Saint Patty Day’s party, Valentine Dinner and Dance, Fourth of July Pool Party, Pet Parade, End of Summer Dance, Veterans Day ceremony, and the rocking Halloween Costume Dance Party. There are holiday trips also like the Christmas at Greenbriar, Country Christmas in Nashville and a trip to the Biltmore House in Asheville at Christmas.
Mary Ann and I feel grateful to have found our home at Village at Deaton Creek. We love the lifestyle and our family of friends right here in our own community.