Darcy Hall of Life Care in West Palm Beach, Florida, celebrated this Christmas season with friendly competition as various departments decked their office doors with fun holiday decorations in a facility-wide contest.   


Associates showcased their creativity by adorning their doors with vibrant wrapping paper, stockings, wreaths and familiar Christmas characters, like Rudolph and the Grinch. Each participant interpreted the holiday theme differently, featuring snowmen, candy canes, bows, gingerbread houses and nativity scenes.


Some designs incorporated the function of the department, like a Christmas tree made out of biohazard symbols for the bio room and a dollar bill tree for the business office.


“In the past, there were departments that decorated their doors, but we had never had it as a facility event like we did this year,” said Sidonie Richards, environmental services director.


Associates treasured working together to bring their creations to life as the residents and their families enjoyed celebrating Christmas with an extra jolt of imaginative holiday spirit. However, only one door could win the competition.


Four residents volunteered to serve as judges to determine which department had the most festive door display. On Dec. 17, these residents traveled around the facility with “Official Judge” badges, scoring each department’s door.


When the judges’ deliberation came down to a three-way tie, the winner’s name was pulled blindly out of a container by the executive director, Christopher Stefjack. The social services department was announced the winner at the associate Christmas party that same day.


“We hope to do this event as an annual tradition,” said Richards.


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