It’s beginning to look a lot like a Barty Christmas!

There was a festive sparkle in the air when Barty House Nursing Home opened their doors on Friday 22nd December, for their Christmas Spectacular. Walking through the reception area, out onto the decking, the twinkling lights lined the pathway, tea lights hung from every tree and the smell of mulled wine gave you that instant feeling of warmth.

As you followed the lights down to the bottom of the garden, a small paddock with three beautiful reindeer awaited. The youngest of the group, named ‘Star’, was just 6 months old and stole the hearts of all the residents, relatives and children alike as they passed.

Heading further down the garden, Santa was found tucked away in his toasty grotto, surrounded by sacks of presents and of course his helpful elves. There was an air of excitement from the children lining up to see the man in red, one by one telling him that special gift they wanted for Christmas. Every child received a goodie bag filled with yummy treats, games, as well as a gift from Santa. Keeping the children busy whilst waiting for Santa, head of activities Jude Coveney carefully painted all of their faces, transforming them into Reindeers.

For those wanting to keep out of the cold, talented singer Holly Gray entertained everyone with Christmas classics. Everyone swayed, sang and toe-tapped along, whilst children played and spent precious time with their grandparents.

However, this year Barty House Nursing Home wanted to go that extra mile and give back to those in their community. Baubles were up for sale to decorate their Charity Christmas tree, with all donations going towards the Maidstone Church Winter Shelter, helping those that may not have a place to call home this Christmas. The residents have also been busy making reindeer style t-shirts, which were sold at reception and again all proceeds went towards the charity.

Christmas is a magical time of year, a time that we share with our friends and family. Barty House Nursing Home’s Christmas Spectacular brought everyone together, and it was truly a­­­ memorable time for young and old alike.

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