Christmas reminiscence

The residents at Galsworthy House care home with nursing in Kingston upon Thames enjoyed a Christmas inspired reminiscence afternoon.

Tim hosted the talk at Galsworthy looking at Christmas, starting with “Hark The Herald Angels” followed by a traditional Christmas Carol “In The Bleak Mid Winter” sung by Gustov Holst.

Tim went on to discuss the worst winter to hit Britain which was actually 1946/47. It caused massive disruptions of energy supply for homes, offices and factories. Animal herds were affected and people suffered from the persistent cold, with many businesses shutting down temporarily. When warm weather returned. Wen it began to warm, the ice thawed which caused further problems with flooding in low-lying areas. The residents remembered this as they were either still young or had families of their own by this time which caused much discussion.

We also discussed the origination of the Queens speech and Christmas pudding, which most of us cannot live without!

After this thought provoking discussion, Tim played Brenda Lee singing “Rocking Around The Christmas Tree’ which was in 1958. We also learned that Henry Vlll was the first king to try turkey!? We had ended the session with the wonderful song “White Christmas ” sung by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

It was a very interesting afternoon we look forward to our next reminiscence in March 2019.

At Galsworthy House care home in Kingston upon Thames we provide the highest standards of residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 72 elderly residents. You can find us in our prime position on Kingston Hill, where our home enjoys wonderful views over Richmond Park, the largest Royal Park in London.

If you would like to find out more about life at Galsworthy House, our events and activities, or would like to arrange a visit to our home, please contact us on 0808 223 5506 or email

Galsworthy House

Home Manager

Khaled Ghosheh


177 Kingston Hill,
Kingston Upon Thames,

0808 223 5506
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