During the Holidays it is always great to join in the festivities of the season and enjoy each other’s company. Enjoying your loved one’s company should always be something special for them as well as you. Due to weather conditions and your loved one’s activity levels it may be difficult to plan outdoor or physically taxing excursions. Attached is a list of fun and safe activities you can participate in and modify to fit your loved one’s activity levels, in order to share the spirit of the holiday season safely and make many memories to cherish.
Make a Wreath
For those that are up to a challenge you could go online and choose a few designs to complete together. Maybe even decorate some designs for friends or family with time and energy permitting. For those that have certain motor of cognitive disabilities you could simply print out photos and have them color in or decorate a paper version. Brainstorm ideas and make your wreath something unique and personalized. Utilize a variety of materials and techniques to make something special.
Christmas Stocking Party
This is especially fun to do for grandchildren. Compile a few stocking stuffers together and everything you need to hang the stockings and have a stocking stuffing/hanging party. Talk to your loved one about their experiences, what did they want for Christmas when they were (X) age and so forth. Play holiday music to boost the atmosphere and simply enjoy each other’s company.
Gift Wrap Party
Enjoy your loved one’s time (and probably some much needed help) and have a gift wrap party. Set everything up and plug away at that daunting mountain of gifts. Indulge in each other’s company, perhaps prepare a snack or a holiday beverage to keep you going. Don’t focus too much on perfection, a job completed is a job well done. Once everything has been wrapped, enjoy in decorating with bows and ribbons and let the imagination fly.
I don’t think anyone can resist a fresh homemade baked cookie. Have your loved one supply their own recipe or perhaps look up some new recipes to test out. Heat up some cider and get the oven ready! Have a conversation about their favorite holiday recipe or maybe something that didn’t work out terribly well. Enjoy the atmosphere and the cookies.
In this day and age of quick texts and phone calls Christmas Cards have seen a dramatic decrease over the years. Long gone are the card trees and tables covered in your relatives’ greetings of the season. Revisit the holiday tradition with your loved one. Compile a list of friends and family even neighbors or people you interact with daily and write a card for them. It doesn’t have to be terribly detailed, but a simple Merry Christmas will make a significant impact. Write out simple messages with a calligraphy pen to personalize the card. With your loved one you could also personally deliver the cards to friends and family for an added touch of holiday spirit.