Re: Holiday sharing
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2020 19:04:18 -0800 (PST)
Someone here at Mosaic, or maybe several someones?
Snuck gift bags into 10? 15? 5? homes.
Each bag had a few gifts, plus a note telling us we are appreciated, to
accept the gifts with love whether they are perfect for us or not, and
encouraging us to pass it on.
Over the next few days we got more and more notes of gratefulness from
people in the community as the gift giving expanded. Some gifts included
cookies, muffins, and the like.

It's been a well-timed delight.

Mosaic Commons Cohousing Berlin, MA

On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 8:07 PM Vicki Rittner <vickirittner [at]>

> As another person living alone, I tried to get support in my community for
> splitting the cost of a pre-cooked Thanksgiving dinner (Whole Foods, local
> restaurant, etc.) and offering it to the others living alone. (Heated up in
> the community kitchen, eaten at separate tables or back in our individual
> homes.) My logic was that none of us would cook a turkey dinner for
> ourselves, but when I lived with my husband, I always made a full dinner
> with a turkey breast.
> The input from others was that the singles didn’t want to pay $20-$25 for
> one meal, and the couples would feel left out. And the couples are tired of
> cooking, so they would be more likely to go for it.
> I gave up and went to my sister’s; we sat in the open garage and I left 90
> minutes later with a full take-out turkey dinner (with enough for
> leftovers) that she made for her immediate family. I didn’t eat with them,
> to avoid being too close without a mask.
> I wish the couples in my building would consider the singles, when they are
> making a holiday dinner. It would make my month, to receive such a special
> gift.
> Those of you who do that for your singles, like Maraiah mentioned at
> Rosewind, are truly sharing the joy of Christmas.
> Vicki
> On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 3:36 PM Maraiah (Lynn) Nadeau <welcome [at] 
> >
> wrote:
> >
> > At RoseWind, even as we continue with physical distancing and masking, we
> > are bolstering our social connections, beyond emails and zoom meetings.
> > This past week has seen deliveries of candles, home-made cookies,
> biscotti,
> > jam, and yogurt; promise of delivery of a gourmet Christmas dinner to our
> > single members; darning and mending favors; help getting a Christmas tree
> > and setting it up. A zoomed sharing of a menorah lighting. A member made
> > bright well-designed masks for my grandchildren.
> >
> > Even as a single person, mostly staying home, I feel solidly connected to
> > my community. What a gift that is! We are doing a good thing!
> >
> > Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
> > RoseWind Cohousing
> > Port Townsend WA
> >
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(The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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