We kicked off our great holiday break this year with Hanukkah festivities (a menorah, dreidel and coins!) as well as a Friday night trip to see A Christmas Carol live on stage (with one of our own staff performing!) Speaking of stages, we also got to see Ballet West’s production of the Nutcracker.
We attempted to drive through the Thanksgiving Point lights, but were rained out!! (In Salt Lake City in December?! Go figure!) We were, however, successful and got to drive through Christmas in Color, a miles-long Christmas light display, as well as “Christmas Street” in Taylorsville.
We moved our bodies with many trips to the Rec. Center, but also some more festive activities – ice skating at Gallivan Center, bowling at Fat Cats and sledding at Murray Park. We aren’t afraid of the cold! (Even if it does mean rain.)
Some of the biggest highlights of the week were our many service projects. La Europa students made a large variety of goodies (cookies, cupcakes and bars, oh my!) and packaged them along with handmade cards and delivered them to our local Police and Firemen working on Christmas Eve. They also took some treats and their most festive singing voices to our nearest care center and spent Christmas Eve caroling and visiting with the residents there. Another awesome project was when we got to go make ans serve a meal for those staying at the Ronald McDonald House in SLC. And finally, speaking of children in hospitals, we tied fleece blankets to donate to Primary Children’s Hospital. We absolutely LOVE helping others around these parts!
We did have some group therapy and expressive therapy groups, as well as yoga and Euro Store interspersed with our fun activities, but that’s still not all! Our students got to go have hot dogs at a Jazz Game (they won!), get prizes for Walmart Bingo, walk their way around the Natural History Museum of Utah, relax with a smattering of Christmas movies, and that’s right – even go see the new Star Wars movie on Christmas Day!
Around New Year’s time, we also had lunch aboard the Heber Creeper, along a scenic route for a fun train ride and that night, a murder mystery dinner, “Killing for the Crown” right at home, with a lovely dinner served in courses by our amazing chef! The morning of New Year’s Eve saw us having a blast at Boondocks Fun Center with a sweet buffet lunch. We were able to have noise makers and watch the ball drop in New York, a regular tradition for many. It was a lovely, relaxing and fun-filled time for all of us!