As we enter the final stretch of the 2016 holiday season, I’d like to take a moment to encourage families to cherish the moments they have together. Instead of stressing over the elaborate food, decorations and gifts, try to keep it simple.
Typically, people try to do too many things during the holidays. Because of that, they become tired and stressed out. In the end, they don’t enjoy the season or being with loved ones as much as they could.
Instead of trying to do it all, select a few of your family’s favorite ways of celebrating and focus on those.
For example, if your family members and friends enjoy singing Christmas carols, make sure you allot time to do that. If you like to reminisce about holidays in the past, be sure to provide a setting where everyone has a chance to share their favorite memories.
Maybe you have some family members and friends who enjoy baking holiday treats. Think how much they’ll enjoy doing that together. Not only will there be goodies that they can share, but they’ll also have fond memories that will last into the future.
At Country Home Assisted Living in Parker, I like to come up with ways to create memories for all of our residents and our families. I know everyone appreciates it.
Another great tip that I heard recently is to extend your holiday season. There are many advantages to making a week or two in January part of your holiday celebration.
I know families that actually look forward to getting together after the traditional holiday season. That gives them time to be together without trying to fit into everyone’s packed December schedules.
This also saves on gift-giving. Family and friends can buy gifts that are on sale after the holidays or do a gift exchange of items they don’t like or won’t use.
Whatever you decide, please enjoy the holidays and take time to let your loved ones know how much you love them.
And happy holidays from all of us here at Country Home Assisted Living.