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Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Special traditions highlight the holiday season at retirement community

Residents of Westminster at Lake Ridge are carrying on a very special holiday tradition this year.

Each year, at the beginning of December, they gather to raise and decorate a Christmas tree in the main lobby. What’s unusual is that residents contribute the decorations. All of the newcomers to the community are encouraged to bring ornaments for the tree, adding to those that have been collected during previous seasons. So the tree is a true representation of the spirit and vitality of Westminster at Lake Ridge.

The Trim a Tree event on Dec. 3 kicks off the retirement community’s holiday season, which then goes into full swing.

One of the highlights of the season is the annual bazaar and sale in the main lobby on Dec. 16. It features works from the community’s talented artists and craftspeople and is a perfect opportunity to find unique holiday gifts. The resident-run Encore Shop, which recycles clothing, furniture and other items, is another place where shoppers can snap up great buys and also help support the community. All proceeds go toward improvements like equipment for the Health Center and the beautiful gazebo that was built this summer and dedicated to long-time resident Eethel, the Encore Shop’s founder.

Music is always a big part of holiday celebrations, and there will be plenty for residents to enjoy this year.

The community’s Kitchen Band, composed of residents who play instruments such as washboards and coffee cans, presents holiday concerts on Dec. 11 and 12. The Westminstrels, the community’s choral group, performs its annual winter concert, “Lessons and Carols,” Dec. 19.

A holiday piano concert will be presented Dec. 21, and Dale Clark and the Joy Song Chorale will perform holiday music on Dec. 22.

Westminster at Lake Ridge is a charming community that’s home to an energetic group of active, engaged folks who won’t settle for less than the best retirement lifestyle. It offers elegant apartment and cottage living in a peaceful, natural setting, while the energy, arts and cultural attractions of our nation’s capital are just a few miles away. As a continuing care retirement community, it presents residents with a diverse range of amenities, educational and recreational opportunities, and the peace of mind of knowing that a lifetime of health services are available right on campus.

If you’d like to learn more about this unique retirement community and experience a taste of the holiday spirit, come on over and see us! Please call 703-436-8122 to find out about upcoming tours of the community.

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