Children dance ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting at Farmstead

With many merry dance steps and rosy faces filled with celebration, children extended an energetic “Merry Christmas” greeting to several smiling seniors.

The Elgato Con Botos Spanish immersion day care center kids giggled and danced Dec. 23 for residents of the Farmstead senior living complex in Andover.

“This is fun. The little ones really have so much fun doing this and it’s fun for us, too,” said Farmstead resident Delisle Minear, smiling as the children greeted each resident after the final dance steps of the morning.

Doris Griep, Elgato Con Botos director, said the children really do have as much fun visiting the senior living center as the seniors have seeing them.

“What really touches my heart and the reason for us to do this every year is the fact of … how the two edges of living cycle serve a purpose in each other’s lives: Seniors are being entertained while children feel proud of doing it,” Griep said.

Grant Libby leads Leighton Paulson as they make their way to a makeshift manger, getting set to sing for residents of the Farmstead senior living complex in Andover. Photos by Sue Austreng Naomi Cook, Clare Fairchild and Beckham Eckhart join hands with Elgato Con Botos playmates and circle the baby born in a manger and dance in celebration to “What Child is This.” Kneeling with the baby are Leighton Paulson and Grant Libby. A trio of playful elves – Dylan Sutherlin, Beckham Eckhart and Grant Libby –  giggle and dance and tease Farmstead residents gathered to witness the Spanish immersion day care children’s happy Christmas celebration. Colin Bartholomew, Beckham Eckhart, Naomi Cook, Ayianna Moon and Clare Fairchild dance and cheer with colorful pom-poms as they “Wish You a Merry Christmas” to residents of the Farmstead in Andover. Elgato Con Botos Spanish immersion day care kids gather for a group hug. Colin Bartholomew and Ayianna Moon greet Irene and DeLisle Minear after delivering a dancing Christmas wish to residents of the Farmstead senior living complex in Andover. Jeanne Jensen and Alice Mellas happily accept childlike Merry Christmas wishes from Arianna Pitt and Story Revier.
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Naomi Cook, Clare Fairchild and Beckham Eckhart join hands with Elgato Con Botos playmates and circle the baby born in a manger and dance in celebration to “What Child is This.” Kneeling with the baby are Leighton Paulson and Grant Libby.

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