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What’s Thanksgiving Like in an Active Adult Community?

One of the things we like about living in a Del Webb Active Adult Community are the holiday dinners, potlucks, and individual holiday parties. Not to mention, the holiday community events!


My wife Mary Ann and I signed up to go to the community Thanksgiving dinner at the clubhouse, just like we did last year. If this year’s dinner is anything like last year’s, then eight, beautifully-decorated tables will grace the clubhouse. The entire ballroom will be filled to the brim with people enjoying food and fellowship. For a small fee, our community provides wonderful turkey. The rest of us bring a dish to round out the menu. The food was excellent last year!

Why Do People Celebrate at the Community Instead of Their Families?

Many people aren’t able to be with their families for the holidays. We didn’t have kids ourselves and went to my mother-in-law’s house for many years. On occasion, we’d go to our nephew’s house or the home of friends. But staying home with our community family is a delight, after having Thanksgiving elsewhere for so many years.


Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday party season. We also have the holiday party for our street and a couple of community holiday parties at the clubhouse. Last year, we were lucky enough to get invited to 2 or 3 holiday parties at our neighbors’ homes.

Many seniors can feel isolated or left out during the holidays. Fortunately, in a community like this, there’s no reason to feel that way at all. There’s always something to look forward to and celebrate.

I still plan to drive over to Athens, Georgia, and have a meal with my two brothers. It’s still important to keep in touch with our families, but it’s nice to be able to celebrate with our community family, as well.

More Holiday Activities!

Many residents have family and friends over for a day or several days during the holidays. It’s ideal because they can go for a walk on our community’s many sidewalks or nine miles of wooded walking trails. Many families with members of all ages like to play bocce on our four courts. Surprisingly, teenagers love to learn how to play pickleball. Unsurprisingly, they’re quite good at it! Smaller grandkids can play on the playground or splash around in our indoor pool.


The community has special family events, like the Spring Family Fish Day, holiday cookie exchange, Build-a-Gingerbread House Day, Meet Santa Day, and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. For residents, holiday special events include the huge New Year’s Eve party at the clubhouse with a band, the Saint Patty Day’s party, Valentine’s Dinner and Dance, the Fourth of July Pool Party, the Pet Parade, End of Summer Dance, Veterans Day ceremony, and the Halloween Costume Dance Party. There are even holiday trips!

Mary Ann and I feel grateful to have found our home at Village at Deaton Creek. We love the lifestyle and our family of friends right here in our own community.

Originally published October 11, 2023

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