Father Christmas is the last thing you would expect to see in Banbury as the summer sun shines down on us.
And you might even think the heat wave went to your head when you heard the sound of Christmas tunes.
But that’s exactly what the residents of Agnes Court saw and heard during their Christmas-themed celebrations – in July!
Jess Neville, activities coordinator, said the unusual idea sprouted last year during the pandemic – and may now become an unusual tradition.
She added: “We started last year to lift the spirits of residents due to all the Covid restrictions which were in place in December, it was so successful that we are now making it an annual event.
“We decorated the dining room and outside with Christmas decorations and a Christmas tree, staff and residents all dressed in Christmas garlands and t-shirts.
“Christmas music was played throughout the day and residents participated in Christmas cake and cookie decorating as well as classic Christmas karaoke.”
Agnes Court resident Louise Maxfield said: ‘It was a lovely day and felt like Christmas, just warmer.
To top off the day, the chefs prepared a festive three-course meal complete with Christmas crackers and Santa table decorations.
Agnes Court resident Matt Barton dressed up as Santa and handed out gifts to everyone. He said, “I loved playing Santa Claus! The Christmas music started early, so it put everyone in a good mood.”