Xmas at the MMPHC (Hospital where I work)

The hospital has been nicely decorated for Xmas once again so I thought I would get a few quick snaps of some of the decorations. Some of the girls come in during their own time to set up the table for the residents Xmas dinner. It always looks a treat and I know the residents love it. I missed out on the inflatables when the residents had their Xmas party last Friday as I had already knocked off. They had their presents and you can see a large clock in one of the photos. I think this is going up in their dining room. The girls in the kitchen always cook up a storm and the food is beautiful. The staff used to eat with the residents and their family and friends at one time. I can remember some really nice Xmas lunches at work with them. Sadly they don’t let us eat with them anymore. Last year the staff got a boring platter and we had to stay in the staff room or go outside in the grounds. We were disappointed to say the least. I was looking forward to turkey and pav at lunch time. Well this year I am not working for once so that makes a nice change. Here are a few photos of decorations around the hospital. I think the girls did a grand job of them this year.

I should add that the woman’s auxiliary also put in a lot of time putting up decorations at the hospital. In fact they do a lot of work all year round for the place and for the good of the community so I will give them a decent bit of praise here for all that they do. 

Another interesting thing here, if you look at the photo of the manger with Mary and Joseph you can see that the baby Jesus is not in his crib. The staff will put him out on Xmas Day. I’ve noticed that some people don’t put him out until Xmas Day while others put him out as soon as the decorations go up. I’ve only come across this tradition in the last few years. What do all of you out there do?




I came to Australia with my mother and sister Vanda in 1966 from the UK aboard the Sitmar liner Castel Felice. We settled in South Australia I lived in the western suburbs of Adelaide for most of my life. I became very interested in retro items in my twenties. It was always a dream of mine to have an old house and fill it with retro items. I have done it twice now. My main interest is collecting old things. They do not have to be valuable, only interesting. There is something reassuring about old retro items. I have all sorts of things including doll related items. My other interests are my beautiful pets, art and going for drives to who knows where. I also enjoy board games or doing a scenic jig saw puzzle on a wintry afternoon by the fire. My goal is to travel a bit more as there are some places I would love to see

One comment

  1. The girls did do a good job with the decorations and the table looks very nice too. I think it is sad that the staff are not allowed to eat with the residents any more. Oatlands is a small town and everyone knows each other so it just seems wrong to me that you can’t all eat together.


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