To start off today, let me thank all of you who supported the Grand Generation Center holiday cookie and goodies sale last week. In the four days it was held, we nearly sold out of 36 dozen cookies, made up of six different kinds, and did sell out of fudge, cinnamon and caramel rolls and cinnamon bread. A big thank you also to Ann Luther, our resident fudge maker, Bernita Brin for volunteering to come in to make the bread and rolls and the entire GGC staff for pulling together like a team to get all of the goodies prepared, rolled, cut, baked and plated and ready to sell. It’s a big job every year so we really appreciate your support.


If you missed out on this bake sale, please remember that Angie bakes cookies every Wednesday and they are delicious! If you are interested in purchasing some any time of the year, just call us by Monday morning to find out what kind she is making for that week and place your order. They sell for fifty cents each or $6/dozen. And we do even more baking every first and third Tuesday when we make pretzels which are also delicious. As with the cookies, call in to place your order by Monday morning and we’ll have your order ready for you at about 2:30 p.m. on those Tuesdays.  These also sell for fifty cents each or $6/dozen.  Why heat up your kitchen when we can handle it for you?


This month has flown by with all of the activities we’ve had and we’ll be wrapping up a couple of big ones yet this week. On Thursday, Dec 21, we will hold our Christmas dinner. On the menu is:  ham or turkey roast, scalloped potatoes, green beans and apple crisp.  We invite you to come join us. We will serve from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and the salad bar opens at 11 a.m.  Suggested meal donation for those 60 years or older is $4 per person.  For those of us under age 60, the cost is $6.50 per person.  On Friday, Dec 22, the GGC will close at noon along with all the other city buildings. So instead of lunch that day we will serve a brunch from 10 – 11 a.m.  Meals on Wheels deliveries will also be made at about that same time.  The brunch menu includes sausage or ham, scrambled eggs, hash browns and cinnamon apple sauce.  Meal donations and prices are the same.  Plan to come join us for one or both of these meals.  We would love to have you sample the deliciousness that the GGC has to offer.


Along with closing at noon on Dec. 22, the GGC will be closed for the day on both Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 to celebrate Christmas and New Year Day.  But we will be open the rest of the week in between those two holidays.  We will celebrate National Candy Cane Day on Dec. 26 and continue with our regularly scheduled activities as well.


As the month wraps up, I must tell you what fun we have had with our visitors Ellie and Elfie, the Santa Scouts from “Elf on the Shelf.” We started off the month with me reading the book to the seniors during lunch on Nov. 30 so they would know what to expect as well as knowing not to touch the elves so they wouldn’t lose their magic. This year those little rascals carried their adventures off of the designated table to several other places around the Grand Generation Center. They hid in the meeting room to try playing “I’ve Got It,” spent the day bungee jumping from a cupboard to sip on a Coke, got into my markers and wreaked havoc with staff photos, created a zip-line of their own and shared the “after effects” of their peppermint candy cane over indulgent tummy aches. I watched as the seniors and staff came in each morning to see what mischief the elves had been up to the night before. It was a lot of fun. They will be going home to the North Pole soon and I think they will share a favorable report about all of us at the GGC with Santa. Here’s to hoping he brings us all the things we wish for and making Christmas grand for everyone.


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