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ABOUT MARGE

Marge Knoth attended Purdue
University and took her activity
director training at Indiana
University and her social
service at Ball State.  She is
the author of ten books for
activity professionals. Her
books have been used as
teaching guides in colleges,
trade schools, and in activity
director courses throughout the
U.S. and Canada. They have
won both national and state
awards from the National
Federation of Press Women
and Women’s Press Club of
Indiana.

Marge has written a monthly
column, "A Letter from Marge"
for Current Activities in Long
Term Care.  She has been
published in Family Circle,
Lady’s Circle, Women’s Circle,
Indianapolis Woman, Christian
Science Monitor, Event,
various Christian and craft
publications, and other
magazines and newspapers.
She wrote a weekly newspaper
column called “Do You
Remember?”, and wrote and
recorded a long-running series
of nostalgic radio
commercials.  Also, she is a
motivational speaker having
traveled the United States and
Canada speaking at many state
and province activity
conferences.  
Contemporary Christmas Memories

Viewing the Christmas Lights

Residents always enjoy seeing the beautiful Christmas lights.  But with cold
weather and snow on the ground, it is not always easy to get the majority of
the residents out for viewing.  And, if you don’t have a facility van or bus it
is impossible.  

Well, don’t despair.  There is a way to for them to see the Christmas lights.  
You can have a viewing in the facility.

Supplies needed:

  • VCR/DVD
  • Camcorder
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Cookies
  • Christmas Music

What to do:

  • Prior to conducting the activity, take pictures of the local Christmas
    lights by driving by in your car.  Drive slowly, stopping at times taking
    time to focus the camcorder and record the lights.  You will need
    about one hour of very good shots of the displays.  Try to get a
    volunteer to do this for you.
  • For the Activity, darken the room or have an evening activity.
  • Serve hot chocolate and cookies
  • Play Christmas music
  • Play the video tape of the Christmas lights.

Note:  People who are residents from your area will recognize many of the
displays.  Enjoy!


Christmas Stocking

Most of the older residents remember the time when Christmas was a
stocking containing an orange and a peppermint stick.  This was their only
Christmas gift.  It is a wonderful thing to give  help them recall this happy
memory.  Rather than a stocking, I always use a chicken basket with no
advertising on it. I get them from our food service vendor.  Here’s how I do it:

Supplies needed:

  • Chicken basket
  • Name tags for each resident
  • Oranges, apples, bananas, cookies, candy, chewing gum, chips, etc.
  • Note pads, pens, stuffed animals
  • Volunteers to full the baskets
  • Elves to deliver the filled baskets

What to do:

  • Order the chicken baskets from your food vendor.
  • Place the resident’s name on  the bucket they will receive.
  • Ask for donations from businesses, church groups, school groups
    and staff.
  • Fill a basket for each resident.  Make sure each one gets things they
    can use.
  • Pass the baskets out on Christmas eve or Christmas day.

Note:  You will get compliments from the residents like you’ve never heard
before.