GC Council on Aging December 2020 INsights Newsletter

December 2020, Vol. XXI, No. 6

Adding a Twist to Tradition

This time of year, for many of us, is about traditions. We come together with those we love to enjoy favorite foods and special recipes, share stories, and create new memories. It may seem impossible to still experience this, but with a bit of thought and some extra effort, it very possible.

Not being able to enjoy some of our holiday traditions as usual has actually created some new traditions. A number of seniors and family members have shared that as they have considered what they should or should not do this year, they have spent time on the phone, in e-mails and even on Zoom reminiscing about holidays past and telling others how much they are appreciated and missed. 

Our time together is fleeting and so very precious. But it is easy to focus our energy on the many tasks we have on our list. This year, more than ever, we are realizing that instead of the tasks to be done or the items to acquire, our list should include the people with whom we want to connect and the stories and memories we want to make sure are heard. 

We challenge you to use this holiday season and the months ahead to work on this very important list. As you write or type the names of those who are special to you and note some of the stories or bits of information you want to pass along or others have asked you about, know that you are on a list or two or three. And why not expand the twist, by inviting others to do the same? What a wonderful list this will be. It won’t cost a thing, other than some time, energy, and smiles. And what it will offer in return is sure to be priceless.

Online Holiday Gift Soiree
Quilt Raffle

The GCCOA Holiday Gift Soiree will be online only this year, due to the surge in Coronavirus cases in Ohio. Unfortunately, this event cannot be safely held indoors as we've done in the past.

Instead, our Soiree will be held on our website and Facebook page. The Soiree schedule is below, which includes the opening of our online shoppe and a variety of videos and activities for you to enjoy throughout the week. In addition to having fun and stretching your brain, you will have the chance to win prizes for several of the online activities.  

Treat and gift purchases from the Soiree Shoppe can be picked up at our main office in Xenia by appointment. We will contact you via email or phone to arrange your pickup.

Treats should be ordered by Wednesday 12/2 at noon, with pick up on Thursday 12/3 and Friday 12/4, from 10 am to 4 pm. Handcrafted items may be picked up on the 3rd and 4th, as well as Monday 12/7 and Tuesday 12/8.

This lovely quilt was made and donated by Jackie Markunes

Lap quilt is 51” x 44”
Raffle tickets: 6 for $5, 12 for $10, 24 for $20
Purchase on our web site.
The drawing will be on 12/15.

Proceeds benefit future GCCOA programs.

Online Holiday Soiree Fun ~ Some with Prizes

As we've done all year, we are moving our activities online on our website, and on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Please join us and share with your friends!

Black Friday, Nov 27
8am—Online Soiree Shoppe Goes Live 
Sign-up For Door Prize on the Council’s Website
Black Friday video with Brick & Baum

Saturday, Nov 28
8am—Holiday Firsts
Noon—Reindeer Kit video with Maureen

Sunday, Nov 29
8am—The Soiree Experience video

Monday, Nov 30
8am—Christmas Tree Trivia Prize
8:45am—Holiday Song of the Day with Roy Hatfield WBZI
Noon—The Soiree Experience Encore

Tuesday, Dec 1
8:45am—Holiday Song of the Day with Roy Hatfield WBZI
Noon—Holiday Music Initials Prize

Wednesday, Dec 2
8:45am—Holiday Song of the Day with Roy Hatfield WBZI
Noon—Alternate Holiday Song Title Prize

Thursday, Dec 3
8:45am—Holiday Song of the Day with Roy Hatfield WBZI
Noon—Holiday WordSearch

Friday, Dec 4
8:45am—Holiday Song of the Day with Roy Hatfield WBZI
Noon—Submit your Song of the Day Answers

Saturday, Dec 5
8am—Quiz & Puzzle Answers with Brick & Baum

Thank you to our friends at Real Roots Radio WBZI. Tune in each morning to FM 100.3 or AM 1500 for the Holiday Song of the Day with Roy Hatfield.

A Sample of What You Can Find at Soiree

Table-top decorated trees of several themes, with artificial greenery and unique and often hand-made decorations.
Holiday Treats! Cookies, breads, caramel corn, peppermint pixie popcorn, fudge and jam.
Unique, beautiful paintings by our own Lisa Quesne, several incorporate tiny white lights.

Lighted Wreaths with artificial greenery, ribbons, pine cones and various decorative themes.
Lighted Baskets, various sizes. Handmade with artificial greenery, ribbons, pine cones, and other accents.
Craft kits to make your own ornaments, such as this snow globe, and much more

~ Important Info ~

December 7th ~ Last Day for Medicare Open Enrollment
Please Contact the Council by December 3rd -or-
Contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at
800-686-1578 (M-F, 7:30am to 5pm)

Weekly Programming with our Partners at Real Roots Radio, WBZI FM 100.3:
Wednesdays around 12:05pm Boomers and Beyond
Thursdays soon after 6:00pm Partners in Caregiving

Ask questions, request grab bars, masks or other services, or to share your e-mail for future newsletters and alerts ~ 937-376-5486 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regular Updates and Information Posts on the Council’s Facebook Page and website

Please continue to be on alert regarding the increasing number of scams related to COVID-19, Social Security, car warranties, college loans, and the list goes on. 

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