Christmas in the snow

Roberta Worthington, a resident at Life Care Center of The Willows in Valparaiso, is proud that her artwork is now being sent around the country on the front of hundreds of Christmas cards.


Each year, parent company Life Care Centers of America invites residents in more than 200 nursing and rehab facilities to submit Christmas card designs, and one piece is chosen for each of the organization’s geographical divisions. One is also chosen from affiliate company Century Park Associates. A total of nine designs are printed and distributed to facilities and regional offices throughout Life Care and Century Park.


Worthington’s painting of a horse-drawn sleigh in a snowy landscape is this year’s winner for Life Care’s centers in Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.


“It is an answer to my dreams, that I would have my artwork on Christmas cards,” shared Worthington. “I have a bottle of hand lotion that has a pretty landscape on it. I thought, ‘That is so pretty. What could I add to it?’ Then I imagined a horse-drawn sleigh, and I thought about my family and bringing home a tree for Christmas.”


Worthington loves to paint watercolors. When she was 3 years old, her mother gave her a watercolor set she used as a little girl. Worthington loved it and has been painting watercolors ever since.


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