Christmas. I love this holiday. And not just for the decorations, or the carols, or even the gifts. I love Christmas because Christmas brings us together and makes the world seem a better, more generous place. It’s a season for love.
On this Front Door Friday, we’re decorating for a cause. Join us as we spread some holiday cheer and inspire others to do the same. The weekend’s almost here. I’m Robin with Front Door Friday.
Jane Sybers, the executive director of the Monroe Clinic and Hospital Foundation, joins me today. We’re here at the hospice house to decorate and to talk about this incredible place. Welcome, Jane. Tell me about hospice.
[Jane] Hi, Robin. Thank you very much for focusing on the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. The Monroe Clinic Hospice program has been around for 25 years. So this new hospice home, which was built in June of 2017, is the crowning jewel or the augmenting piece to the program that was already there.
[Robin] So, why is hospice so important?
[Jane] Since June, we’ve served over 60 families. And the eight room residential home has never had a day since we opened that at least one of the rooms hasn’t been occupied. When a patient gets a terminal diagnosis, this is one of the best options for comfort, support, and care for the family. It’s not news that we ever want to get but every day is precious at that point and the team here knows how to guide families through those last days so they can really appreciate the quality of life all the way to the end.
[Robin] That’s wonderful.
Choosing a door is fun. Think about local groups and organizations that do a lot for your community. It does not have to be expensive.
Live in the country? Cut some evergreen boughs and make an arrangement. Save mail order boxes and wrap them to look like presents. Buy an inexpensive plain doormat and stencil it for the holidays. Get a group of friends together and decorate several front doors. Ooh, cookies.
Choosing a door is fun. Think about a person that makes a difference in your life. It’s so much fun to plan surprises like this. You know how a kid toilet paper’s a friend’s front yard? Why not decorate a front door instead? It’s a random act of kindness that can mean the world. You don’t have to go all out.
Maybe it’s just a wreath or flower pots. Use front door decorating to pay it forward.
[Jane] Oh, Robin. This is really lovely. Thank you so much. I think this is really going to give the people who are walking through these doors a little bit of home and a little bit of the spirit of the holidays. Thank you.
That’s it for this week’s Front Door Friday. I encourage you to use front door decorating to pay it forward this holiday season. Let’s make this Christmas the brightest, merriest yet. To learn more about hospice, check out the Country Door blog. I’ll see you next Friday. Happy decorating, God bless, and merry Christmas.
Robin grew up on a farm in the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin. After years living “in town,” she recently moved back to the country where she is renovating an old farmhouse. She’s an expert on window blinds and drape installations, color consultation and blind repair. Her flagship store, “House to Home Designs” is located on the historic Square, downtown Monroe, Wisconsin. Read More
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