The Holiday Season - Philadelphia Protestant Home
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The Holiday Season

Posted on: Dec 03, 2015

The residents and friends of The Philadelphia Protestant Home will have an overflow of festivities to participate in during this holiday season. The City of Philadelphia has long been an ideal setting for the holiday season. It is full of traditions and events, such as, the tree lighting ceremony at City Hall, ice skating at Dilworth Plaza and the Blue Cross River Rink, the German-themed open air Christmas Village in Love Park and the light and music show in the old Wanamaker building. Northeast Philadelphia has also had some lovely winter events over the years such as ice skating at the Tarken Recreation Center in Summerdale and the Rockledge/Fox Chase Business Association Tree Lighting Ceremony at Lyon’s Park in Fox Chase. Various churches and congregations in Northeast Philadelphia put on holiday concerts each December (a few will be listed at the end of this article).


A student from Rhawnhurst Elementary School meets Santa at PPh.


Residents Roy and Lydia Eichner wear their Christmas colors at a holiday party in the Social Hall.

The holidays, however, have also long been a special time to be at PPh. We have many long-tenured and outstanding holiday traditions that have been bringing smiles to the faces of our residents and their families for many years. Students from local elementary schools have been coming here to perform and meet Santa for 10+ years (this year the students will be from Rhawnhurst Elementary School) and each year we are fortunate to have Christmas caroling from local churches such as Immanuel Lutheran and/or Bethany United Church of Christ.

We have two new holiday events this year as the choir from Holy Ghost Prep will be performing Christmas songs for residents and members of the surrounding community in the Social Hall on Monday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. Police officers from the 2nd and 15th districts will be having a Christmas party for local elementary students that were selected by their teachers in our Social Hall on December 9. These events, mixed with our beautiful Christmas decorations and festive spirit will make for a merry and toasty environment throughout December. We encourage all of you to participate/attend some of the events listed below. Please contact Bill Conaway, our Director of Community Relations, at 215-697-8194 if you have any questions regarding the following events.

Event: Christmas Concert
Sponsor: The Congregation of Lawndale Holy Grace Presbyterian Church
When: Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Lawndale Holy Grace Presbyterian Church (346 Levick Street)
Cost: FREE

Event: Boys Choir Performance
Sponsor: Holy Ghost Prepatory School & PPh
When: Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: PPh Social Hall (6500 Tabor Avenue)
Cost: FREE

Event: Lawncrest Library Friends Christmas Luncheon
Sponsor: Friends of Lawncrest Library & PPh
When: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: PPh Social Hall (6500 Tabor Avenue)
Cost: $15.00

Event: Christmas Eve Service
Sponsor: Crescentville United Methodist Church & PPh
When: Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: PPh Social Hall (6500 Tabor Avenue)
Cost: FREE

What Residents Say

"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of resident Bernice Segal

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