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Seniors celebrate Christmas holiday

And plan for the new year with new resolutions

December 23, 2010
By CHRISTOPHER DIEM Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - The Marquette Senior Center was full of the Christmas spirit recently when the Red Hat Rosettes sang Christmas songs for about 60 senior citizens. Those in attendance and the center's staff were invited to join along during many of the songs.

The performance was followed by a buffet lunch and, of course, Christmas cookies.

Jane Palmer, the center's coordinator, said the Christmas gathering is an annual event open to all senior citizens living in the area.

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Above and below, members of the Red Hat Rosettes perform at the Marquette Senior Center as part of the center’s Christmas celebration. (Journal photos by Christopher Diem)

"We kind of mix up the entertainment. We've had everything from the bell ringers to the children's choir," Palmer said. "The Red Hat Rosettes actually approached me and were interested in providing this year's entertainment. And I was pretty happy to take advantage of that."

With Christmas on the threshold and the new year close behind, several seniors said they had already made New Year's resolutions for 2011.

"More exercise and lose weight," said Marlene Johnson, 73, who attended the event with her husband Ron, 72. "We go with the seniors to (Northern Michigan University) to the exercise class and also to Tai Chi class. It's free for seniors. It's really helped him with his balance."

Tai Chi is a martial arts form that focuses on balance and body awareness through slow and precise body movements.

Marlene Johnson said it's a slow exercise but it keeps the muscles moving and helps with breathing.

"Yeah, and we try to do bike riding in the summer," she said. "We bought new bikes. We bike ride and we walk. We walk over in the Superior Dome during the winter. Our doctor says we're doing good. I guess that's what you gotta do, just keep moving," she said.

Other seniors took a more light-hearted approach to their New Year's resolutions.

"My New Year's resolution for next year is to have a good time. Have good food and good friends. And if we have time we'll diet," said Barbara Gutzman, a member of the Red Hat Society.

"Did you say diet or die?" one of her friends asked.

"At our age it could go either way!" another friend said as the group burst into laughter.

Christopher Diem can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. His e-mail address is



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