Christmas trees 2022 1Now that the Thanksgiving holidays have passed, the Christmas season is in full swing at Perry Wellness Center. With the arrival of live Christmas trees at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, it’s official! PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry appreciates the sight and scent of real Christmas trees, and he placed an order once again with his northern broker. The Frazier firs have now arrived in all their glory.

Stuart offered an apology for the prices that are being charged this year, saying, “I am sorry that we have to charge what we do, but the economy and trucking had hit production and shipping cost of our beautiful Frazier firs. We can offer Christmas trees from 7 – 9 feet at prices from $80 to $125. I know this is not a common price for us, but we have to follow market demands.”

Christmas Trees 2022 2Because of the higher costs, the market is not offering Norfolk pine wreathes this year, but customers will not be disappointed with the trees. In addition to supporting the tradition of having living Christmas trees, Stuart is pleased that real Christmas trees offer less negative impact upon the environment and even some benefits. Growing trees increase oxygen in the environment, while cut trees are biodegradable and recyclable. For example, composted trees can be used for lumber and provide nutrients for other plants as mulch. New underwater habitats have even been created at the bottoms of ponds, lakes, and rivers, where they house thriving schools of fish and other marine creatures.

Stuart offered a final pitch to market customers: “We will include a Christmas tree stand with each tree purchase. I hope shoppers will come by and see our selection.” Our photos can give readers some idea of what our trees offer, but nothing beats an in-person sniff test. Just close your eyes, inhale, and enjoy the scent of Christmas!

Annie Ruth with TurnipsPart of the joy of Thanksgiving is eating hearty seasonal meals with friends and family. The large and varied selection of freshly prepared foods on the Perry Wellness Center Thanksgiving table certainly attested to this fact.

Before the meal was served, PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry commented, “There will be no shortage of good food for our Thanksgiving lunch. Our culinary staff has planned a feast! We want to be sure that our staff and clients join us to express a true thanksgiving for what all we have.”

Stuart concluded, "We will enjoy this meal, and then make our pots and pans ready for our Christmas celebration."

Michelle and Turnips

The menu for the festive meal included: chicken and dressing, mac and cheese, ham, deviled eggs, squash casserole, turnips, and an assortment of pies, cakes, and cupcakes. 

In the photos, Annie Ruth and Michelle cube turnip roots for the big Thanksgiving meal.

PWC Thanksgiving 2022

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At Perry Wellness Center, we work with many individuals who experience high degrees of anxiety and/or depression. But most people are subject to periods of stress, particularly during the holidays. One survey found that almost 88% of adults found the period between November and the New Year to be the most stressful time of the year. Another survey found that more than a third of adults listed stress as the #1 reason they experienced a drop in mental wellness during the holidays.

To provide our readers with some helpful tips, beginning with Thanksgiving, we checked in with some online experts. Today we are sharing some information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The article “From Thanksgiving to New Year’s: Protecting Your Mental Health During the Holidays”  offers eight tips for combatting holiday stress and depression. In summary, they include:

Spend some time outside during daylight hours.

If you are feeling lonely, take a risk and reach out to others.

Improve your sleep habits.

Take regular breaks.

Remove an item from your crowded “to do” list.

Find your balance between being alone and being with others.

Find the choices you can make within the obligations you have.

Prioritize activities that are beneficial to your mental health.

We encourage readers to check out the entire article at the above link for more detailed information that we think can be helpful to anyone.

Please look for additional tips and information over this holiday season.

Susan Hulls needleworkSusan Hull is a woman who knows how to multitask. When she attended a recent group at Perry Wellness Center, this dedicated peer assured staff members that she was able to pay attention to the ongoing group, even though she was working on a piece of needlework.

“I can listen and look at the group provider,” Susan explained. “I just like to keep on working on my projects and meet all potential deadlines. The holidays are about gift giving, and I want to be ready for the holidays. But I do enjoy the groups.”

After group, Susan displayed the needle craft project on which she was working. As shown in the photo above, it encourages people to “Love God.” Its year-round message is one that Susan finds even more relevant in the holiday season.


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