April set up to a good start at Oak Manor, to begin with Sainsbury’s was very kind and generous to gift the residents of Oak Manor some beautiful flowers. Following this gift, the residents and staff began to make flower arrangements. It was an intricate activity that kept everyone entertained and focused. After finishing the arrangements they were distributed around the home for everybody to enjoy.
Among the flowers gifted were some carnations that symbolize pride and beauty, lilies that symbolize purity and refined beauty, roses that traditionally symbolizes love, and tulip.
The residents have all enjoyed lots of arts and crafts preparing for their Easter celebrations. They all have enjoyed sitting together making many beautiful things. Interestingly they have been wearing their homemade Easter hats known as Easter Bonnets before Easter as they all loved them so much.
Delicious treats were prepared by the wonderful Jocelyn and kitchen team that the residents thoroughly enjoyed. Home decorations and themed tables were set by the housekeeping team. All the team and residents had lots of fun and many chocolate treats too.
To share more history about Easter: Easter eggs developed in medieval Europe, according to some researchers it was an Anglo-Saxon festival that celebrated the goddess Eastre, and according to historians her symbol was a rabbit. During the festival eggs were eaten and buried in the ground to encourage fertility.
Decorating easter bonnets, a tradition residents and staff alike are very fond of, dates all the way back to the 19th century. Originally it was a way to showcase a new fine hat, but it has now turned into a contest to show who can make the most extravagant hat. Tough quite competitive it is still a fun way to prepare for easter celebrations.
Oak Manor’s residents and staff are very grateful to Sainsbury’s and all others who contributed to making their Easter a very joyous one.