. . . must come down. That’s the law of gravity. It is also the law of Christmas decorations.
Wednesday was the day to take down the tree and put the Christmas decorations away for another year. Both Jackies, Kim, Adele, Marge, Sr. Barb, Candy and Terri pitched in to remove the ornaments and lights from the tree, pack up the multiple nativity scenes, take down all the Christmas cards, gather assorted decorations from the Conference Room, Joan’s Lounge and the dining room, and cart all of that plus the two artificial trees downstairs. Once the tree was naked, JustBob was johnny-on-the-spot to get it out the door. Jackie H. had the vacuum cleaner at-the-ready to pick up all the loose needles that fell from the tree as it was undressed and carried out the door. Adele and Candy also took care of putting away the Advent wreath and changing the altar linens from Christmas white to ordinary green. Just like the decorating process, teamwork made the dream work, and it was all done in less than an hour.
Christmas undecorating is far from the only example of teamwork. In fact, so much of what we do here relies on teamwork. It starts with the teamwork of the Board of Directors and Jackie K. meeting together and planning the course to keep everything here running smoothly and moving forward. Likewise, the staff and residents meet to discuss upcoming event needs and prepare to welcome guests each week. Other teams made up of various staff members and assorted volunteers gather to work on updating our guidelines for volunteer hosts, to improve our front office procedures, for retreat planning, for gardening and grounds, and to plan the newsletter, just to name a few regular examples.
Teamwork requires good team players. Team members need to be willing to lend a hand wherever needed. They need to be engaged in the big picture and flexible enough to adjust to changing needs. They are both active listeners and good communicators. St. Anthony’s is definitely blessed with some good team players!
For the blessings of good team players and for the results of their teamwork, we say Deo Gratias!