Christmas is a time full of traditions, events, and parties. Here at Bishop Gadsden, our residents have no shortage of opportunities to celebrate the season, both within the Community and around Charleston. Here’s a sample of the festivities around Bishop Gadsden:
Lessons and Stories of Hanukkah – December 2
Hanukkah is one of the best-known and most widely-observed Jewish holidays. It also might be Judaism’s most misunderstood event. Residents got the chance to learn how this festive time also has profound lessons for all of us.
Read Cloister Cookie Party – December 4
Residents of Read Cloister got the chance to decorate their own Christmas cookies, before enjoying them with some hot chocolate.
The Citadel Christmas Performance – December 5
Cadets from The Citadel Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band helped residents ring in the Christmas season. The group observed the events of the Advent, the Annunciation, the Birth of the King, and Epiphany through scripture lessons and carols.
Tree Trimming Party – December 7
BG residents took part in an annual Bishop Gadsden tradition – the Tree Trimming Party. Each Christmas, residents bring an ornament to hang on a large Christmas tree in Trawick Commons. Christmas carols were sung, cookies were enjoyed, and everyone felt the holiday spirit.
Residents have decorated the Bishop Gadsden Christmas Tree with ornaments from the past and new ornaments donated by their fellow residents! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at BG! #christmas #bishopgadsden #TeamBG #liveanextraordinarylife #positivelivingforall
Posted by Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community on Wednesday, 8 December 2021
Festival of Lights – December 7 & December 21
Featuring over 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston. Bishop Gadsden residents enjoyed the lights from the comfort of the BG bus as they were chauffeured through neighboring James Island County Park.
Arcadia Close Christmas Party – December 7
Residents of Arcadia Close enjoyed their own Christmas dinner, complete with honey glazed ham, a yule log cake, and eggnog.
Christmas Duet – December 8
Myers Hall, Read Cloister, and Arcadia Close residents were treated to a Christmas Duet featuring resident Bob Voight on piano and our longtime friend Austin Fitzhenry on Cello.
Read Cloister Christmas Party – December 9
Read Cloister residents enjoyed their own Christmas party as well. The Cloister Christmas included hors d’oeuvre, sweet treats, and an ice sculpture of Santa Claus himself.
Nutcracker Ballet – December 11
The Ballet Academy of Charleston treated residents to a performance of The Nutcracker. The youth ballet troupe put on a splendid show for the residents.
Lessons and Carols – December 12
The St. Gregory Choir of Charleston’s Grace Church Cathedral led residents in Christmas carols. The St. Gregory Choir is the principal choir of Grace Church Cathedral, and BG residents enjoyed their stunning performance from the BG chapel.
CSO Holiday Pops at Galliard – December 22
Residents (along with their family and friends) ventured to Charleston’s Galliard Center to enjoy a spectacular celebration. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops included choirs, dancers, guest vocalists, pipers, and special appearances by Frosty the Snowman, Saint Nick, and more.
All of the festivities will culminate with tonight’s Christmas Eve Service in the Chapel. The service will feature special music from members of Charleston Chamber Musicians.
From all of us at Bishop Gadsden, we hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday season!