On each night of Hanukkah, menorahs were lit in the Family Resource Center and on each inpatient unit. Jewish families who were celebrating were offered traditional doughnuts, Hanukkah-themed window clings, dreidels, Hanukkah gelt, coloring books and handmade Hanukkah quilts and pillowcases.
Santa took a break from his busy Christmas schedule to hand out gifts and pose for pictures with patients and families—even our littlest patients, in the NICU. On Christmas Day, patients received Connecticut Children’s logo blankets and hooded bath towels.
During Kwanzaa, December 26 through January 1, kinara candles were lit daily on each inpatient unit. Fliers posted with the kinaras explained each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
On Three Kings Day (January 6), patients were offered a small box filled with “straw” and a gift in honor of the three kings and their visit to Jesus. The box also included a description of the holiday and how it is celebrated.