Sunday Seniors: Seniors Celebrate the Holidays

  • Seniors gather for a holiday potluck meal earlier this month at the Hanover Senior Center. (Courtesy of Judy Stevens)

  • Hope Seddon greets a llama at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover. (Courtesy of Wheelock Terrace)

  • Lu Canepa feeds a visiting llama at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover. (Courtesy of Wheelock Terrace)

  • Tom Pletcher greets a llama dressed up in Christmas finery at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover. (Courtesy of Wheelock Terrace)

  • Kay Camp opens a gift that she received through the Thompson Senior Center's annual Yankee swap in Woodstock. (Courtesy of the Thompson Senior Center)

  • Janet Maxham chooses a Yankee swap gift with help from Santa at the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock. Forty people participated in the annual tradition. (Courtesy of Thompson Senior Center)

Valley News Calendar Editor
Published: 12/17/2018 4:43:06 PM

Hanover — Senior citizens who need assistance wrapping presents can head to the Hanover Senior Center on Tuesday where a team of volunteers will be on hand from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. to help them bring holiday cheer to their loved ones.

“I just thought it would be something fun to bring people in,” said Judy Stevens, adult/senior program manager for the Hanover Parks and Recreation Department. The wrapping supplies were provided by area businesses. Cookies, coffee and hot chocolate will also be provided.

While some seniors may have health issues that make wrapping gifts difficult, the event addresses more than that.

“For many seniors the holidays can be a lonely time and social interaction can make the holiday season a little brighter,” Stevens said. “They can just come in and socialize… whether they have gifts or not.”

On Monday, the senior center will host a piano concert at 3 p.m. that is free and open to the public. Prior to that, a pass-the-present holiday gift exchange will take place.

Earlier this month, there was a themed holiday potluck where people brought in dishes that are a part of their holiday traditions.

“It helps them get out,” Stevens said.

For more information, call 603-643-5315.

Woodstock’s Thompson Senior Center has also had a festive month, including a holiday bazaar that included many homemade items and a cookie walk, a type of bake sale where people fill containers from a selection of cookies. The sales raised nearly $5,000 for the center. Adi Alsup made cookies and raised $50 for the Meals on Wheels program as a thank you for the food her grandmother has received.

There was also a Yankee swap where Santa made an appearance.

“It makes for a lot laughs and it’s steeped in tradition and holiday spirit,” said Pam Butler, program director at Thompson.

On Thursday, there was a sold-out holiday meal and the Cantabile Women’s Chorus performed holiday tunes.

Last Saturday in Hanover, residents at Wheelock Terrace were visited by a different Santa Claus. Two llamas — named Fiber McGee and Eddie Bauer — showed off their holiday costumes and delighted residents.

Editor’s note: Email high resolution photographs of seniors celebrating the holidays and caption information to Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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