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Rapt in Christmas – Residents inspired to embrace the festive spirit

Rapt in Christmas - Residents inspired to embrace the festive spirit

Hit hard by a year filled with restrictions and lockdowns due to COVID-19 in Victoria, GemLife Woodend residents are determined to experience the colour and magic of Christmas in 2021.

Gearing up for family get-togethers and festivities this season, homeowners have been busy with a slew of activities, including a special craft stall featuring hand-made items by residents, giving their neighbours a chance to stock up on Christmas gifts.

Only recently established, the resort’s craft group was kept busy creating Christmas cards for the stall.

“It was a fun activity,” said group member Janet Wojtylak.

“We cut them out, pasted them down, decorated them all with glitter and added Christmas greetings, making about 50 in total.”

Rapt in Christmas - Residents inspired to embrace the festive spiritEnthusiastic sewer Marion Borlase said being in lockdown for much of the year proved to be a good thing for those who like to sew or make quilts, which featured at the craft show.

“Quilts take a while to complete but we were able to make many of them for the craft stall as well as for the palliative care unit at Kyneton hospital, thanks to the restrictions,” she said.

As a result, the stall provided a wide variety of quilting, sewing, and craft items for sale.

Residents were also able to enjoy other annual activities such as the Woodend Twilight Shopping Event, held on 29 November with many local shops, cafes and venues staying open to help people feel ready and relaxed for Christmas.

An end of the year Christmas party is also being organised for GemLife Woodend residents, according to Marion.

“We are hoping to have a Christmas function for residents for the first time in two years since Covid hit. It was cancelled last year, and our Christmas in July was also cancelled, so we are really hoping this one will go ahead.”

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