Santa Visits Piedmont Crossing Resident on her 103rd Birthday

December 16, 2015

It’s a birthday very few people will ever see- on Saturday, surrounded by family and friends, a Piedmont Crossing resident turned 103.


Alma Blair was born in 1912. For a lady that has lived through both World Wars and the Great Depression, one would never know it by the smile on Blair’s face and her young-at-heart spirit.


Knowing Blair’s 103rd birthday was approaching, staff at Piedmont Crossing wanted to do something special for her. When they asked her what she wanted Blair’s reply was simple, “a visit from Santa.” After hearing her request, Piedmont Crossing employee Joyce Hughes put a plan in place which was to remain a secret until her birthday party.

Donned in an elf suit herself, Hughes and Santa made a visit to Piedmont Crossing on Saturday to help celebrate the 103-year-old’s birthday. “Alma lit up like a Christmas tree when she realized that Santa came to visit her,” stated Hughes. “Her smile was priceless.”

Santa gave Blair a Christmas gift and stood by as family members captured the special moment with photographs and videos. “This was more than just a visit from Santa,” stated Hughes. “The experience brought back memories for Alma and should serve as a reminder to all of us that one is never too old to believe in Santa Claus and the magic of the Christmas season.”

Alma Blair’s dream to see Santa Claus was made possible by Grant-a-DreamTM, a program through United Church Homes and Services that renews and celebrates the passion, while creating joy within the hearts of seniors within their communities.