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.
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER,
THU, NOV 24, 1PM
For those of us at Deaton Creek unable to be with
family for the Holiday, we will once again have our very
own Deaton Creek Family Dinner! VDC will supply all
the turkey and the rest of all the traditional fixin’s will
come from all of you who attend, Pot-Luck style!
When you get your ticket for this event, let us know
what you plan to bring (Mashed Potatoes? Veggies? Dressing? Gravy? Rolls? Pumpkin Pie? Salad?) so we will know all the traditional (and some untraditional) goodies are available for a real Thanksgiving
Nobody should ever spend the Holiday alone, so please
encourage the friends and neighbors you know who
will not be with family, to attend this annual event. And
PLEASE, make enough food for 10-15 or more
people for the potluck. This will ensure a terrific
Thanksgiving Feast! If you are unable to make any-
thing, please still attend! If you need any assistance at
all, including transportation, just let us know. We will
get you here and home safely. You can also decorate
your table and bring your own dishes and silverware,
any time after 4pm on Wed, Nov 23, and be sure to let
the Front Desk know. If you are single, you may bring
one guest with you. Tickets are now on sale for $6.