Orchard Activities (Newsletter)
Social Distancing Activities
- Fitness Classes
- Arts and Crafts
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
Exchanging a smooch under a hanging sprig of mistletoe is a longtime holiday tradition. In December 2019, at an event in St. Louis, 480 couples set a world record for the most pairs at one spot to pucker up under the seasonal plant.
Although robins are usually associated with spring, you may have noticed the red-breasted birds on holiday greeting cards. This European tradition began in the 1800s, when British postmen wore bright red coats. Nicknamed after the birds, these “postal robins” delivered season’s greetings and gifts, and soon real robins were depicted on cards and other decor as a festive symbol.
“A good day is a good day. A bad day is a good story. At the end of the day, it’s all good.” -Glennon Doyle
Celebrating New Year’s Eve
The Final night of the year is coming up. Count down with some festive facts about the revelry of New Year’s Eve.
- Ringing out the old year and ushering in a new one is a custom that goes back at least 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians.
- The first places on the globe to greet the new year are the island nations of Kiribati, Samoa and Tonga, located in the South Pacific Ocean.
- Just across the international dateline, American Samoa, a U.S. territory, is the world’s last inhabited locale to welcome in the year.
- New York City’s Times Square ball drop is a celebration that began in 1907.
- Singing “Auld Lang Syne” has grown into a worldwide tradition. The words roughly translate to “times gone by.”
- Puckering up for a New Yer’s Eve kiss is said to bring good luck to a relationship and has roots in German and English folklore.
- The cute little guy decked out in a diaper, top hat and sash is known as Baby New Year. He’s been a symbol of the holiday since the days of ancient Greece.
The Joy of Simple Things
A whirlwind of sights and sounds, the holiday season is often a busy time. But there’s much joy and meaning to be found in the quieter moments as well. A whirlwind of sights and sounds, the holiday season is often a busy time. But there’s much joy and meaning to be found in the quieter moments as well.
Treats. Certain foods taste better around the holidays, don’t they? Whether it’s a sip of eggnog or a bite of decadent fudge, savor the moment as a mini celebration.
Decorations. Setting out some seasonal items can instantly put you in a festive mood. By placing a treasured keepsake in a spot where you’ll see it every day, you can stir up warm feelings of comfort and joy.
Crafts. Winter is often peak crafting season. If the weather outside is frightful, you can delight in creating a homemade gift or jolly decoration. Take pride in using your hands and putting love into your work.
Music. Listening and singing along to your favorite holiday tunes is a simple pleasure that many folks enjoy. When you hear a song that’s special to you, close your eyes and focus on the words and melody.
Tastes of the Season
Just one sip of a seasonal beverage or a bite of a decadent dessert can put you in a holiday mood. Celebrate all month long with these favorite flavors: Just one sip of a seasonal beverage or a bite of a decadent dessert can put you in a holiday mood. Celebrate all month long with these favorite flavors:
Peppermint. From the classic candy cane to peppermint bark, the vibrant taste of peppermint adds a dash of festive flair to all kinds of sweet treats. It’s often swirled into cocoa or coffee beverages for a refreshing pick-me-up.
Hot cocoa. There may be no better way to warm up on a cold winter’s day than with a mug of hot chocolate sprinkled with marshmallows. In addition to drinking it, you can indulge in hot cocoa-flavored candies, cookies, ice cream and popcorn.
Gingerbread. Combining ginger with other spices results in one of the season’s tastiest traditions. Making cookies and decorating gingerbread houses are whimsical ways to enjoy this holiday flavor.
Eggnog. This rich, creamy beverage has been adapted into recipes for cookies, cakes, ice cream and candies, all celebrating the drink’s scrumptious blend of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Pick Pistachios for Health
It’s called the smiling or happy nut because it looks like it’s cracking a smile. But it’s no joke that the pistachio provides healthy fuel for the body.
A 1-ounce serving is about 49 nuts, and all those green kernels have only 160 calories, making pistachios one of the lowest-calorie nuts. Having to pry open a pistachio’s shell can keep you from overindulging.
One portion provides 6 grams of protein, about as much as an egg. And like eggs, meat and fish, pistachios are a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids necessary for good health.
Pistachios are rich in potassium, which helps build and preserve muscles. Another plus: They have high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, needed to keep eyes functioning at their best.
Because of their blend of antioxidants, “good” fats and fiber, the American Heart Association has certified pistachios as heart healthy. As part of a nutritious diet, the nuts can help maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Bingo Tips and Tricks
A favorite pastime, bingo is largely a game of chance. But there are a few ways to increase your odds of winning and ensure a fun time for all. A favorite pastime, bingo is largely a game of chance. But there are a few ways to increase your odds of winning and ensure a fun time for all.
Arrive early. Aim to arrive at a bingo game 10 minutes before it’s set to start. This gives you time to choose your seat, get your cards and a beverage or snack, and chat with friends.
Pick a prime spot. Sitting near the caller can help you clearly hear the numbers the first time, allowing you to mark your card faster.
Play multiple cards. Playing more than one card is the best way to improve your chances of winning a game of bingo. However, avoid dividing your attention among too many cards.
Bring tape. A roll of masking tape or painter’s tape comes in handy to stick your cards to the table, preventing them from sliding around.
Have fun! This is the most important rule of a bingo game! Use breaks to socialize with other players. be a good sport and cheer on others when they win.
Wit & Wisdom
“Time together as a family is a gift.” -Joanna Gaines
“Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends” -Courtland Milloy
“The memories we make with our family is everything.” -Candace Cameron Bure
“I believe the world is one big family, and we need to help each other” -Jet Li
“Cherish your human connections-your relationships with friends and family.”-Barbara Bush
“The more we can be in a relationship with those who might seem strange to us, the more we can feel like we’re neighbors and all members of the human family” -Fred Rogers
“You leave home to seek your fortune and when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.” -Anita Baker
“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” -Charles Kuralt
At The Orchards
Exercise classes, crafts, movies, games, musical programs and weekly outings provide occasions for residents to get the most of this active community.