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United Presbyterian Home

Dec 27, 2012

Ho Ho Ho! The Christmas spirit was in the air as the snow fell and the final preparations for holiday parties began at the United Presbyterian Home (UPH). Family members and guests moved into the guest rooms of Fulton Hall ready to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones. Many enjoyed the old-fashioned Christmas feel as they sat beside the fireplace sipping wassail and admiring the decorations in the 1930s parlor. Many residents and their guests attended the Christmas dinner buffet at the UPH and ate delicious food while enjoying the company of those they were with.

A Christmas party took place Monday morning in the Health Center. Residents were pleased to see their old friend, Santa Claus (aka Ron Northup), show up with his jolly Christmas cheer for the group. The Up With Kids Day Care children handed out presents and the residents made a game of pass the present. It was a wonderful time for everyone.

Jim Bennett dressed the part of a train engineer Monday to greet his young and old friends to the train display in the Stewart Hall lobby. On this special Christmas Eve Jim was joined by his elf helper, Joy Bennett. Residents and guests enjoy the display of Lionel trains and appreciate the time that Jim and Joy have spent sharing their love of toy trains with us during the holidays.

Jane Vetter hosted her family Christmas supper at the Pizza Ranch. Those present were Steve and Kathy Vetter; Jeff, Amy, Issac and Cole Vetter of Washington; Mark, Jan and Joe Vetter of Columbus Junction; and Scott, Dane and Dawson Vetter of Ollie. They also spoke with Brian Vetter of Boise, Idaho.

The Classics Et Cetera for Dec. 27 included an Overture to “The Land of Smiles” by Franz Lehár; Sections 1-3 from “Winter Bonfire” by Sergei Prokofiev; “The Sleigh Ride” by Mozart; “Winter Wind” Etude by Frédéric Chopin; “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson; “Emperor Waltz” by Johann Strauss Jr.; “Ice Skating” fast polka by Josef Strauss

One writer of program notes says that if Josef Strauss had not been plagued by illness, and if he had been as ambitious as his brothers Johann Jr. and Eduard, he might well have turned out to be the greatest composer of the three. Even so, if Johann was the Waltz King of Vienna (and he was), Josef was the Polka Prince, excelling in the polka francaise and the polka-mazur. And he could produce as boisterous a polka schnell (fast polka) as either of his brothers if the occasion required.

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