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Holiday Fun for Seniors

“ ’Twas the night before Christmas,

When all through the house

Not a creature was stirring,

Not even a mouse…”

Every Christmas, grandparents all over the world read Clement Clark Moore’s immortal poem to their grandchildren just as their parents and grandparents did before them. this holiday season, reading timeless Christmas stories with grandchildren is just one of the many ways seniors can get into the festive spirit.

Those who want to get out on the town can attend holiday concerts, shows, or craft fairs. Another fun outing is to grab family or friends and drive around to look at Christmas lights in local neighborhoods. The group can even vote on their favorites and leave prizes on the doorsteps! To spread their own cheer, senior groups can go Christmas caroling from door to door, or invite a group to come sing at an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. Those who love to play games can start a Christmas Bingo night and use presents instead of cash as prizes.

If a senior has extra time on their hands, the holidays are a great time to get involved with a charity and give back to the community. One can donate toys for needy children or canned goods to holiday drives. Seniors that can sew or knit can offer their services to make winter items for the local homeless shelter. Veterans can write greeting cards for service members that won’t be home for Christmas. There are plenty of opportunities for seniors that want to volunteer during the holiday season.

Some of the best holiday memories are made in the kitchen. There’s no tradition quite like recipes passed down over the years. Seniors can share their favorite recipes with friends, and family members can help out with cooking them if their elderly loved one is not able. This peppermint hot chocolate recipe will pair perfectly with homemade Christmas cookies and a cold winter day, and is an easy Crockpot recipe for a group of family or friends to enjoy.

Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate RecipeCrockpot-Peppermint-Hot-Chocolate-Recipe-from-TheFrugalGirls.com_

Prep time:  10 mins

Cook time:  2 hours

Total time:  2 hours 10 mins

Serves: 5

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Milk
  • ½ cup Hershey’s Cocoa
  • ½ cup White Sugar
  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • 4 tsp. Peppermint Syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine Cocoa, Sugar, and Hot Water in large pan. Stir, and bring to gentle boil.
  2. Transfer mixture to crockpot, and add milk and peppermint syrup.
  3. Stir, then cook on high for 2 hours {or low for 4 hours}, or until hot.
  4. Pour into mugs or Mason Jar Mugs, then top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint.

Source: The Frugal Girls

One way to get into the holiday spirit is using decorations to make a space more festive. Decorations don’t necessarily have to be expensive; homemade décor gives seniors a chance to get creative with simple supplies. Grandparents can even share some of their old-fashioned decorative traditions like stringing popcorn, holiday cookie ornaments, and paper angels. Here’s one simple craft idea that seniors can make with their grandchildren or friends, and can use them as tree ornaments or festive door, wall, or mantle décor.

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Craft Stick Snowflakes

What you need:

  • 4 craft sticks per snowflake
  • Paint or markers
  • Sequins, buttons, beads, etc.
  • Glitter, stickers, and other decorative craft supplies
  • Craft glue
  • Ribbon
  1. Paint or color craft sticks to desired color and allow to dry.
  2. Glue crafts sticks together into snowflake shape and let dry.
  3. Decorate to personalize.
  4. Attach small piece of ribbon to hang.

Source: The Simple Parent

Perhaps the best holiday fun for seniors means spending time with those they love. Amada Senior Care wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season filled with warmth, love, and cherished memories.

 

Written by Taylor French, Amada contributor. 

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