Aromas of cooking fill the air. Relatives who haven’t seen each other in months greet each other with warm hugs. Children play until they become too noisy, and their parents shush them. It’s Thanksgiving at home…except this home is at The Esquiline.
Each year, families join their loved ones in the dining room for the annual Thanksgiving feast, says Activity Director Christie Hart.
“We try to make it special for the families. And they certainly seem to enjoy it.”
The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
The annual Thanksgiving dinner is not the only event designed to bring people together at this happy time of the year. Family members who are in town for the holidays always stop by, remarks Hart.
When family members aren’t stopping by to visit, residents visit their families for the holiday. “Sometimes, the whole family will be here, and sometimes, our resident will go to a friend or family member’s home. Everyone’s always bustling back and forth at all hours,” she comments.
The Esquiline also hosts a number of Thanksgiving-related activities.
Thanksgiving Activities at The Esquiline
Local grade school kids join residents in the Arts and Crafts Room to create Thanksgiving crafts. Hart shakes her head with emotion as she describes how residents help the children put the finishing touches on their craft.
Turkey Bingo is a fun activity this time of year, too. Residents enjoy the new take on the familiar game.
Residents anticipate the annual trip to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Cahokia Mounds is the largest prehistoric Indian site north of Mexico. A U.S. National Historic Landmark and a World Heritage Site, the protected area includes 2200 acres of the estimated 4000-acre ceremonial center.
Residents travel by bus to visit the mounds, Interpretive Center, museum galleries, theater and more. The 100-foot-high Monks Mound, the largest earthwork in North America, is among the most popular attractions.
“It’s a great time to be at The Esquiline,” says Hart. “I look forward to it every year.”
The Esquiline is a faith-based Life Plan Community dedicated to the pursuit of active living and wellness in body, mind and spirit in the next chapter of your life. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 900-533-6279.