Royal Atrium Inn | Life Style Newsletter | December 2023

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Life at Royal Atrium Inn A Message from Rick VandenBerg Celebrating the Season of the Birth of Christ As the air turns crisp and the days grow shorter,

Nativity scenes reenacting the birth of Christ. Churches hold special services that bring people closer to the essence of Christmas, focusing on themes of hope, joy, and peace. The message of Christ’s birth transcends religious boundaries, touching the hearts of believers and non-believers alike. Acts of kindness and charity take center stage during this season, reflecting the selflessness and love that Christ exemplified. Many individuals and organizations engage in outreach programs, providing assistance to those in need. From donating to food banks to participating in community service projects, the Christmas season becomes a time of giving back and making a positive impact on the lives of others. Ultimately, celebrating the season of the birth of Christ goes beyond the exchange of presents and the festive decorations. It is a time to reflect on the timeless message of love, hope, and joy that Christ brought into the world, inspiring people to carry these values into the new year. As communities come together in the spirit of Christmas, the true magic of the season unfolds in the hearts of those who embrace the joy of giving and receiving, echoing the timeless message of peace on Earth and goodwill toward all.

communities around the world come alive with the spirit of Christmas, a season

that transcends borders and cultures. At its heart, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, a time for reflection, gratitude, and spreading love. The story of Christmas begins with the humble birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, a moment that transformed the course of history. It is a season that invites people to come together in unity, transcending differences and embracing the values of compassion, kindness, and generosity. One of the most cherished traditions during this season is the gathering of family and friends. As loved ones come together, homes are adorned with festive decorations, and the sweet aroma of holiday treats fills the air. The exchange of gifts symbolizes the love and thoughtfulness that characterize the spirit of Christmas, echoing the biblical story of the wise men who brought gifts to honor the newborn King. Many communities celebrate the season with festive events, from carol-singing choirs to

A Message from Jeff

Fun Holiday Food Facts 1. Candy canes were for quiet time. Candy canes were invented to help keep children quiet during the church’s Nativity scene. A German choirmaster commissioned the shepherd’s hook- shaped candy in 1670. The traditional stripes came later. 3. Turkey wasn’t always the star of the show! Back in Medieval Times, the preferred poultry was actually PEACOCK! Boar was also a Christmas mainstay. It wasn’t until Henry VIII had turkey for Christmas that it became the norm. 4. Eggnog, the drink of the nobles. Eggnog is a Holiday alcoholic beverage that was borne from English aristocrats. The first eggnog was sipped in 1607 in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia. 5. Cranberries are not berry popular. Despite it being ever present with turkey,

Peace on Earth… As we rake the final leaves, search for winter coats, and listen to our favorite holiday music, there is no

doubt that Christmas is quickly approaching. My grandson Winston will be 15 months old this December, and I am so looking forward to watching him open presents and play with the wrapping paper . I’m also really looking forward to spending time with my entire family, even if only a few days. But as I count my many blessings this year, I can’t help but think about the people in Ukraine, Israel, Gaza, and other war-torn countries who are desperate to hear the angel’s message of “Peace on Earth!” But rather than announcing world peace, they were announcing the world peace-giver. As I get older, I am more and more convinced of the accuracy of a popular bumper sticker that reads, “Know Jesus, know peace! No Jesus, no peace!” Some trust in leaders, others in weapons, money, or luck, but without Jesus there can be no peace, or hope for peace. As you prepare for, and enjoy, the miracle of Christmas, remember to thank God for his perfect gift of Jesus, and may the peace, hope, and joy born in Bethlehem be shared throughout this broken world during this season, and all year long!

it turns out 29% of Americans hate cranberry sauce, but eat it anyway.

6. Holiday dinners can pack on calories! Between the wine, multiple helpings of turkey, sides, and pie, a holiday dinner can add up to more than 7,000 calories per person! We think we’ll skip that second piece of pie. 8. That’s a lot of turkey! According to the USDA, every year an average of 22 MILLION turkeys grace Holiday tables nationwide. (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


December Events

“In Loving Memory” Christmas Tree This Christmastime, we would like to invite our Atrium residents to adorn our 3rd annual Memory Tree with a personalized ornament recognizing and giving honor to someone who is celebrating Christmas in heaven. These hand-crafted ornaments have been made available to us by way of a donation. Each floor will have its own tree, located in the dining room. Stay tuned for more information from Chaplain Mary DeWitt!

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Faith Reformed of Zeeland Caroling 5:00 p.m. outside of each dining room

Harp Music with Lisa Balman 11:30 a.m. outside of each dining room

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Oudman’s Christmas Chalk Talk 2:00 p.m. in the Activity Room

10 th Hamilton High School Caroling 5:00 p.m. outside of each dining room

12 th Mary DeWitt & Family Caroling 4:00 p.m. through the halls


15 th Nancy Buchannon:

Child’s Play — Toys for Girls & Boys 2:00 p.m. in the activity room

Our Let’s Get Moving

competition is getting started Friday, December 1st! Remember you can walk wheel, and attend exercise classes to enter your name in a drawing and win the grand prize! Stay tuned for more details!

19 th Manicures with Careerline Tech Center 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Activity Center 21 st Christmas Cookie Decorating Christmas Party!! 6:30 p.m. in both dining rooms


22 nd Linda’s Piano Program 2:00 p.m. in the activity room (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


Chaplain’s Corner

robe of righteousness constructed for everyone on that workbench of Calvary. Chaplain Doug and Chaplain Mary invite you to join us each week during Advent, to explore this unique series as together we make room in hearts for the celebration of the birth of our Savior. Catholic Communion Tuesdays, beginning November 28: • Royal Atrium Inn — 2:00 p.m. • Royal Park Place — 3:00 p.m. On the third

The Clothing of the King: Advent Series Clothing often has significant implications for revealing God’s plan of redemption, for our Creator is also the first tailor, seamstress, and

cobbler. Despite their rebellion, he covered Adam and Eve’s shame and nakedness. Later, he designed and instructed the Israelites on the priestly garments of the Tabernacle, which all have an intricately thought-out purpose and intent for the people to fellowship with their God. The biblical authors use both metaphorical and actual descriptions of priestly and royal garments to point us to the one true Priest and King, Jesus. And it’s this King, first wrapped in the rags of a swaddle, who then hangs naked on the cross in order to clothe us in the riches of his righteousness. This midweek Advent Bible Study Fellowship Series tells the stories of the clothing of the King. Stories that describe a wardrobe at once splendid and sin-stained, with fabrics that reveal who we are and cover us all the same. The clothing of the King is tattered and worn and glorious in its incorruptibility. It isn’t ours, yet he gives it to us freely. These messages give texture and shape to the threads of Scripture. We believe they will provide you with a detailed view of Christ’s

Thursday of every month, our Royal Park Place and Royal Atrium Inn residents are invited to join

in worship, praise, and thanksgiving at our Catholic Communion Service. These services are facilitated by staff/members from a local parish, Our Lady of the Lake . We have approximately 12-15 individuals who participate. Our Catholic residents are so very appreciative for this monthly opportunity to be united together in the presence of our God, sharing in the promise of our salvation through the precious sacrifice of forgiveness and gift of grace in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


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