Holidays with A Little Help

The holidays are here and we want to share them with you! 

Holiday Party - Thank You.

Wow, what a successful first virtual holiday gathering.  Thank you to the 54 folks who attended and shared holiday memories and traditions intemixed among songs from musicians from Sound Affects Music.  What a treat!  Below is a recording from the gathering, please take a moment to view and listen. 

Our program was as follows: 

  • Hanna Doreen (Solo) - Winter Wonderland
  • Jon Wirtz (Solo Keyboard) - Linus and Lucy (peanuts Christmas piano)
  • The Sarah‘s (Duo)- The First Noel
  • Trash cat (Trio) - Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

Nominate an older adult in your life to receive a personalized Musical Holiday Telegram from one of our artists! This program is grant-funded meaning that you can support both your nominee and our artists for free by making a nomination: https://soundaffectsmusic.org/musical-telegrams

Mulled Wine Recipe

  • 1 bottle 750ml red wine (or 500ml pomegranate or cranberry juice and 250ml apple juice)
  • 1 large (or 2 small) cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 strips lemon zest
  • 4 tbsp sugar
    Put all ingredients into a pan and warm on a low heat for 10 mins. Remove from heat and cool, leaving all ingredients to infuse.To serve, reheat without boiling and serve in mugs or heat-proof glasses.Upon reheating you can add slow gin or brandy (about 100ml).

    Drink with mince pies and/or warm holiday nibbles.

Not-so-Tough Talk

Next Up, Wednesday December 16th is our Not-so-Tough Talk at 3 p.m. RSVP HERE

Our theme is a 'little' holiday and a 'little' comfort. We will have Hal Goldberg, Psychotherapist, Chef Pam Read, Goddess Catering, Kathy Baum, Tattered Cover Book Store and Sound Affects Music to help us all find our way through the holiday season with comfort and joy.  We will also be asking folks to share in the chat their favorite book from 2020 or maybe one you can't wait to read in 2021. 

A glimpse from Hal: There are proactive behaviors each on of us can take to minimize the psychological crisis that nearly everyone is experiencing as a result of the pandemic. The holidays often exaggerate these feelings and the strategies we use every day need to be tweaked during these times, as we are grieving the loss of so many things we have always taken for granted.  

Recipes from Chef Pam Read: Pam will be showing us how to make biscuits and chicken tortilla soup with canned goods you probably already have in your pantry. The month of December deserves a cup of warm soup and a biscuit.   The ingredients are below, if you would like to go out and grab them and make the soup and biscuits right along side Pam.

Kathy Baum from a local favorite bookstore, the Tattered Cover, will review some of the top selling and requested books this past year in various genres, as well as a few upcoming 2021 must reads.  So, have your pen and paper ready. 

 

A Little Help's Staff and Office Volunteers Share Holiday Traditions