The therapists and staff have a full schedule of activities planned for the upcoming holiday season. From cookie decorating to ice skating to a Christmas carol sing-along, there are plenty of opportunities for the children to celebrate the holidays. But one of our traditional favorites is the Secret Santa party, where the children select and exchange a gift with another child.
“The beauty of having a Secret Santa is that it gets the children thinking outside themselves, which can be a hard concept for many of them,” said Clinical Director Megan Cook, LCSW. “Our kids are often concerned about their own needs at a fundamental level, such as worrying about where their next meal is coming from. When their minds are consumed with these thoughts, there’s little capacity to consider what another child would want for a gift.”
With the help of volunteers from Red Rocks Church, who have organized the Secret Santa store for many years, the staff gently helps the children to select just the right present. “To watch a child carefully choose a gift for a friend is absolutely heartwarming,” Cook said.
The children will also visit the residents at a local nursing home, learn how the holidays are celebrated around the world, and attend a performance of Disney on Ice.
Eight-year-old Taylor is excited to take part in all the festivities. What is he looking forward to the most? He says it’s New Year’s Eve. “We can’t stay up until midnight because we’re just kids,” he said, “so we’re celebrating it at noon. That’s why we call it Noon Year’s Eve.”
Please join us in wishing Taylor and all the children at Mount Saint Vincent a happy and joyous holiday season.