While the true meaning of the holidays may get lost among the gadgets and glitz, most recognize that spending quality time with friends and loved ones is what really matters this season to the next. The following tips can help you and your family have a truly inspiring holiday while also doing a bit of good for those around you.
Keep Seniors in the Loop
Too many times seniors are left out of holiday celebrations due to either distance or health issues. It’s a sad fact that the typically joyous holiday season can be an exceedingly lonely time for many seniors, even those with friends and family nearby. Fortunately, technological advances have made it possible for all members of the family to be present at gatherings no matter where they’re located.
For instance, digital tablets designed for older users offer a wonderful method of staying connected with distant relatives as well as beloved friends. Seniors can also use these devices to check email, send pictures, play games, and listen to music. Tablets even allow video chatting, which is ideal for keeping in touch with people all over the world.
Reflect on Happy Memories
Sharing fond family remembrances is another important part of the holiday season. While the hustle and bustle of life can often get in the way, taking a moment to remember those times you shared with close friends and family can truly be a heartening experience for all.
In this case, why not request those both near and far provide their most cherished memories to be shared with the entire family? Anyone situated a great distance from the festivities can offer their memories digitally, complete with photos of the bygone event. Doing so will keep the focus on the most important aspect of the holidays, which is creating beloved memories with those you care for most.
Create a New Holiday Tradition
Although upholding tried-and-true holiday traditions is certainly important, creating brand new traditions is the perfect way to engage all family members young and old. After all, rich and lasting holiday traditions must get their start somewhere, whether they entail baking, gift giving, or sending out cards and well-wishes.
Attending a local production of a holiday favorite (such as The Nutcracker) is sure to be entertaining for the whole family, especially those who’ve never before attended a live stage play. You can also gather the family around to read classic holiday stories or even take some time to decorate delicious baked goods together.
Look for Volunteer Opportunities Suited to the Whole Family
In addition to standard holiday celebrations, many families choose this time of year to devote their efforts to those less fortunate. There is an abundance of volunteer opportunities that crop up over the holidays, from donating toys and clothing to offering a hand at your local soup kitchen. You can even switch up your charitable deeds from year to year based on suggestions from the family for a bit of variety.
Holiday volunteering, along with the other great ideas listed here, allows families to keep the true spirit of the season alive and well. By taking time to involve each and every family member in worthwhile pursuits, you will be sure to make this holiday season one to remember.