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Holidays at Craig strike a festive tone

December 30, 2018

To say that holidays at Craig are a big deal is an understatement!

Holidays, generally a time when families gather to maintain traditions, can be difficult when a family member is hospitalized. Craig Hospital creates a festive and fun atmosphere for patients through a variety of activities from Halloween through the end of December.

Each year at Halloween, Craig staff show off their creative side by transforming their departments and standard dress with a theme of their choice. This year did not disappoint, with appearances by characters from “Ghostbusters,” the royal family, “Toy Story,” “Saturday Night Live,” “M.A.S.H.,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and many more!

At Thanksgiving, the Outpatient Clinic team donated their time and home-cooked specialties to assemble Thanksgiving boxes for our local outpatients in need. These boxes are loaded with goodies and then delivered personally. Started years ago by Xio Acosta, this tradition continues to share the heart and soul of Craig.

On Dec. 7, patients, families and staff members enjoyed a feast, served by board members and administrators, in the cafeteria. The traditional meal included eggnog and apple cider, prime rib, shrimp, and decadent desserts.

The following week, hospital staff, patients and their families donned holiday attire for the hospitalwide Festive Sweater Day and the traditional Holiday Sing. The program, a tradition since the early 1980s, featured choirs and bands made up of staff members, graduates and community members.

“We try to offer a home-away-from-home atmosphere to the best of our ability for our patients and their families during the holiday season,” says Rev. Candi Boyd, Craig’s chaplain. “While there is nothing like being home for the holidays, we hope we can offer some joy and blessings.”