THE CHAPLAIN’S CORNER
THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE
I'd like to tell you a story my grandmother told me when I was six or
seven years old. We had gone to her home for Thanksgiving dinner and the
drive was rather a long one. I had filled the time with making a list of all the
things that I wanted for Christmas that year.
Later that evening after I was ready for bed, I showed the list to my grandmother.
After she read it, she said, "My goodness, that really is a long list!" Then she picked
me up and set me on her lap in the big rocking chair and told me this story:
"Once there was a little girl who came to live in an orphanage in Denmark. As Christmas time
grew near, all of the other children began telling the little girl about the beautiful Christmas tree
that would appear in the huge downstairs hall on Christmas morning. After their usual, very plain
breakfast, each child would be given their one and only Christmas gift; small, single orange."
At this point I looked up at my grandmother in disbelief, but she assured me that was all each
child would receive for Christmas.
"Now the headmaster of the orphanage was very stern and he thought Christmas to be a bother. So
on Christmas Eve, when he caught the little girl creeping down the stairs to catch a peek at the
much-heard-of Christmas tree, he sharply declared that the little girl would not receive her
Christmas orange because she had been so curious as to disobey the rules. The little girl ran back
to her room broken-hearted and crying at her terrible fate."
"The next morning as the other children were going down to breakfast, the little girl stayed in her
bed. She couldn't stand the thought of seeing the others receive their gift when there would be
none for her."
"Later, as the children came back upstairs, the little girl was surprised to be handed a napkin. As
she carefully opened it, there to her disbelief was an orange all peeled and sectioned."
"How could this be?" she asked.
"It was then that she found how each child had taken one section from their orange and given it to
her so that she, too, would have a Christmas orange."
How I loved this story! I would ask my grandmother to tell it to me over and over as I grew up.
Every Christmas, as I pull a big, juicy orange from my stocking, I think of this story. What an
example of the true meaning of Christmas those orphan children displayed that Christmas
morning. How I wish the world, as a whole would display that same kind of Christ-like concern
for others, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.
May we each find the true spirit of love and giving this Christmas and each day of our lives.
THE PARENTS CORNER
December Whistler News from the Parents’ Club
The Parents’ Club is pleased to share many exciting things from this quarter. First, we were
thrilled to send so many to the State Fair in October. We understand everyone enjoyed this special
trip. We are so happy to make this an annual event.
Next the Bub Lollis motorcycle ride was fantastic. We are so thankful that these caring
motorcyclists chose our Whitten Center as the recipient of their giving. I also would like to thank
all the staff who make the effort to get the residents out as the motorcycles come through. It means
so much for these riders to know we appreciate their kindness. We had great weather and over 300
motorcycles come through campus. This is such a fantastic time to share our loved ones with the
Employee Appreciation Day was another success this year. We served over 300 employees.
Thanks to the volunteers who helped serve this food and to Dickeys Barbecue for serving such a
wonderful meal. But most of all, thanks to all the staff for allowing us the opportunity to show our
appreciation for all you do for our loved ones. We appreciate you every day and are so pleased to
take this opportunity to show you.
Weather didn’t cooperate too much for the Fireworks show, but we were so glad that many were
able to enjoy them. The band, “Sound Familiar”, playing at the pavilion was a definite asset.
Everyone enjoyed them! Hopefully, we can have more music evenings in the future.
As Christmas nears, we are placing a Whitten Center tree at Bailey Manor for their parade of trees.
It is our hope that our residents will have opportunities to tour this beautiful display. Thanks in
advance to all the Unit staff who make efforts to plan such outings.
An Angel Tree has been placed in the lobby entrance of the Administrative Building. This is open
to anyone who would like to participate.
Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 1st. Looking for this to be an enjoyable event! It is always
a fun way to kick off the holiday season. Every Unit should be scheduling their Christmas parties
and holiday events.
Merry Christmas to all!
Linda Lee, president WCPC
As always, Leisure staff would like to say thank you to everyone who has assisted in all of our activities. We
appreciate all of the support we are given to make these activities happen. Ideas are always welcome to help us
add to our fun.
September started out slow, but quickly gave way to the normal monthly marathon of activities. There were trips
to Golden Corral, Greenville Zoo, Equestrian lessons, tram rides, bowling, unit parties, and shopping at local
stores. The Special Olympics Disc Golf team competed in Rock Hill in the Area 11 Disc Golf Invitational, where
they won (3) 1st place, (2) 3 rd place, and (1) 4th place.
This was a great “practice” for their state competition in October. Also this month, 64 resident/athletes participated in the annual Special Olympics Challenge Day.
October was quite lively. The month started out with high anticipation of the State Fair. 69 residents were able to
make the trip to Columbia this year, thanks to the Parents’ Club securing 2 charter buses for us for the trip.
Everyone had a great time. Some are still talking about this trip.
As in past months, the tram rides were probably the favorite activity among our residents. Other activities included
trips to Trotter’s, Wendy’s, Wal-Mart, movies, unit parties, and shopping at local businesses. Halloween, as
always, also proved to be a big day for our residents. All enjoyed a Halloween movie and carnival, complete with
haunted house, games, music, refreshments, and contests. Winners of the Pumpkin Decorating Contest were units
205 – Most Original, 105 – Scariest, and 207 – Funniest. Costume Contest winners were Scariest costume – unit
107, Best costume – unit 205, Funniest costume – unit 110, and Most Original costume – unit 104.
The disc golf team continued to practice for their upcoming competition, and traveled to Myrtle Beach to
participate in the Special Olympics State Fall Games. They returned home with 5 gold medals, 2 silver medals,
and 1 bronze medal. Other than the Rock Hill competition, this was the 1st this team.
November started out with a bang, literally. Residents and staff enjoyed the annual fireworks display, as well as
music from Sounds Familiar, who came out to keep us entertained before the fireworks started. Other notable
activities this month were shopping at local businesses, Gaffney Outlets, and Wal-Mart, as well as unit parties and
movies. Residents did arts and crafts activities for Thanksgiving, and some residents have already sent their letters
The Area 5 Special Olympics USA Games team, which includes 7 residents and staff from Whitten Center,
recently was awarded the honor of Grand Marshall's at the Laurens Christmas Parade. While we do not take our
float to Laurens, Whitten Center will be represented in that parade this year.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND SONGS
In the following puzzle, the words are alternate titles for 20 well known Christmas carols and songs. See if you can
get them all. 100% assures you a full Christmas stocking!!!
Quadruped with Crimson Proboscis: ___________________________________________________________
Eight PM to Six AM Without Noise: ____________________________________________________________
Minuscule Hamlet in the Near East: ____________________________________________________________
Young Performing Percussionist: ______________________________________________________________
Adorn the Vestibule: _______________________________________________________________________
Exuberance Directed to the Planet: _____________________________________________________________
Listen, Arial Spirits Announcing: ______________________________________________________________
Trio of Monarchs: __________________________________________________________________________
Yonder in the Hay Rack: _____________________________________________________________________
Cherubim Audited from Aloft: ________________________________________________________________
Assemble Everyone who Believes: _____________________________________________________________
Hallowed Post Meridian: _____________________________________________________________________
Fantasies of a Colorless Dec. 25th: _____________________________________________________________
Tin Tintinnabulations: _______________________________________________________________________
Befell During the Transparent Bewitching Hour: __________________________________________________
Homo Sapiens of Crystallized Vapor: ____________________________________________________________
Desire a Pair of Incisors on Dec. 25th: __________________________________________________________
I Spied my Maternal Parent Osculating: _________________________________________________________
Perambulating Through a Dec. Solstice Fantasy: __________________________________________________
Multiple Desires for a Joyous Dec 25th: _________________________________________________________
The answer key for this puzzle is available from Chaplain Jeff if you wish to see it
UPCOMIMG EVENTS AND DATES
Saturday December 1 – Clinton Christmas Parade
Saturday December 1 – Whitten Center Christmas Parade
Saturday December 1 – Laurens Christmas Parade
Christmas Lights Trips - TBA
Wednesday December 5 – Fountain Inn Christmas Parade
Saturday December 8 – Piedmont Parade 11am; Whitmire Parade 1pm
Monday December 10 – Christmas Concert
Tuesday December 11 – Christmas Concert
Friday December 14 – Santa Social
Friday December 21 – Movie Day
Monday December 24 – Christmas Eve Holiday
Tuesday December 25 – Christmas Day
Wednesday December 26 – Day after Christmas Holiday
Tuesday January 1 – New Year’s Day Holiday
Monday January 13 – Crazy Hat Monday - Spirit week
Tuesday January 14 – Moustache Tuesday - Spirit week
Wednesday January 16 – Wacky Wednesday - Spirit week
Thursday January 17 – Crazy Hair Thursday – Spirit week
Friday January 18 – Tie Dye Friday – Spirit week
Monday January 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
Friday February 1 – Super Bowl Fun Day
Thursday February 14 – Valentine’s
Monday February 18 – President’s Day
Wednesday February 20 – Pirate Spirit Day
Thursday February 28 – Swamp Rabbits Hockey
Tuesday March 5 – Mardi Gras Day
Sunday March 10 – Daylight Savings Time Begins
Thursday March 21 – Rock Your Socks Day
Thursday March 21 Swamp Rabbits Hockey
Friday March 29 – Special Olympics Area 5 Spring Games
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