Shared by The Main Street Connection Day Program group: Peter, Jesse, Ronald, Lillian, Khiry, Donna, Eric, Kevin, Robert, Gabe, Michael, James and Jimmy

The Holiday Season is upon us. Decorations glisten throughout the RISE Main Office building at 901 East Main Street. The day program area there is donned with sparkling, colorful trimmings, as are the rafters at the Northville Sensory Garden day program barn. It seemed very appropriate to talk to the group of individuals attending day program about their favorite holiday traditions. Although some of the details in favorite things may differ slightly, the group all seemed to agree that they love this time of the year and really enjoy celebrating. Here’s what they had to say.

Peter really enjoys decorating his Christmas tree with sentimental ornaments and a bright star on the top. Jesse’s favorite family tradition is having a holiday feast with lots of different foods. Ronald looks forward to singing Christmas carols, particularly Jingle Bells. Lillian, Jimmy and Gabe love opening presents and are getting excited for Christmas morning! Khiry truly likes being with his family – his mother and two sisters. Donna was in agreement with a few of her program peers and shared that her favorite things are decorating the tree, opening presents and being surrounded by her family, while they all share holiday foods. Eric, Kevin and James love watching holiday movies, such as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The live action version starring Jim Carrey seemed to be the unanimous favorite. Robert really enjoys the Cross River Christmas Party at this residence with all of his housemates and staff. Personally, Robert likes classic Christmas songs. His favorite is “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” by Perry Como.  Michael’s favorite activity during this special time of year is decorating with his D.I.Y. artwork, such as painted Christmas trees!

Since so many agreed on the fact that the holidays equal enjoying family feasts with lots of food, we asked what dishes everyone had at their tables to celebrate Christmas. The food menus made us very hungry and included: lasagna, hot wings, steak, spaghetti with meat sauce, turkey, stuffing, ham, chicken, macaroni and cheese, ribs, potato salad, collard greens, corn, vegetable casserole, mashed potatoes, baked ziti, cheesecake and even sushi!

The day program group would also like to share a special shout-out today and thank the Mattituck High School Senior Class group called, “Best Buddies.” This special high school student group created and donated 35 decorated gift bags to the participants of The Main Street Connection for Christmas. It was such a thoughtful and meaningful gift for each individual and was very much appreciated. Thank you, Best Buddies!

No matter what you celebrate, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza or the start of a New Year, we wish you the merriest ever. May your days be filled with lots of love and joy as we close out 2020 and look ahead to healthy and even happier days in 2021.