The Christmas holiday hasn't yet arrived, but it was standing room only at the Village at Palmerton on Saturday.

As they sat contently nestled in their living quarters surrounded by loved ones, residents experienced holiday bliss at the annual Family Christmas Party.

Linda and Dave Bergey drove all the way from Fort Washington so they could spend time with Linda's father, Ardie Helmer, a resident at the Village since it opened.

"Dad's one of the originals," Linda Bergey said. "They make him feel he's important."

Linda commended the staff for their efforts not only at the Family Christmas Party, but all year round.

"It gives families nice time together to share holiday spirits," she said. "This staff is friendly, and I think he likes that."

Renae Borger of Palmerton certainly likes the attentive nature of the staff at the Village.

A four-year resident at the Village, Borger clearly enjoyed herself as she listened to entertainment provided by The Bill Arnold Band.

"I like it so far," Borger said. "It's the first thing I've come to."

To further add to the excitement, Santa Claus was scheduled to visit and hand out gifts, said Elizabeth Ahner, activities director.

"Some residents don't have families that live close by," Ahner said. "This is to help them have a party with their family."

Ahner said the event seeks to get residents in the holiday spirit.

"We're just happy that our residents' families come out," she said. "It's important; they need time with their families."

The Village at Palmerton provides individualized personal care services that address the physical, social, and spiritual needs of each resident.