Christmas Traditions for Seniors

I love the Holidays, especially as a mom. It’s so fun to see my kids’ face light up when we put up our tree, meet Santa, and make cookies. One of my favorite holiday traditions is drinking hot chocolate with our kids while reading the Christmas Story. Jesus’ birth is a great reminder about how much grace and love God has extended to us. We remember how blessed we are to be a family, have a home, and we can teach our kids about extending God’s love to others as they interact with our residents and their families.

As someone who has been involved in the senior care industry since I was about 15, I stress to families that it is so important to keep their loved ones involved in their family traditions. One narrative behind health care is the idea that a happy soul is the best medicine. Having mom or dad around for tree decorating or Christmas dinner reminds them that they are still an important part of the family dynamic. Below is a list of holiday traditions that we used to share with my grandma. Hopefully, you can incorporate some with your loved one.

  • Creating a Christmas Village: My grandma used to say that her village was her legacy. Every year she added a new building to the collection she was building for my mom and her siblings. She would take a ceramic building and hand paint it. Now the village is something that we cherish.
  • Creating a Christmas Wreath: Wreaths aren’t hard to make, but they are a fun way to personalize your holiday décor. When I was younger, we made a wreath for every season. We’d buy the items we wanted it to look like and hot glue them on. It’s still fun to see my mom pull out old decorations.
  • Christmas movie night: Everyone has one special holiday movie they love. Pop the popcorn and bring out the snacks!
  • Making a Birthday Cake for Jesus: Christmas is all about a birthday celebration! Have your loved one help decorate a cake that also works perfectly for dessert.
  • Christmas Eve Service: My grandma loved singing carols and church is a fun place to join in song. Church services are a fun way to get out of the house and remind us why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas season that is filled with God’s love and joy.

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:9-12

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