It’s finally the holidays! We call it the most wonderful time of the year, and we are not letting this year’s restrictions stop us from spreading the holiday cheer! If you have a loved one living in a retirement community like Maple Brook Terrace in Greenville, South Carolina, you may be trying to coordinate your holiday celebrations to include the entire family. With visitor restrictions and social distancing guidelines still in place to keep us safe, our team at Maple Brook Terrace wanted to offer some ways to celebrate the holiday without compromising the safety of your loved ones.
One of our favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit is to decorate our community. We encourage you and your family to do the same! String some lights around a big, beautiful Christmas tree, pull out your Santa Claus figurines, and deck the halls. This can be a fun way to include the family too because you can have a virtual decorating call where all of you each decorate your own spaces and enjoy each other’s company during the process.
Lucky for us, it usually does not get very cold in South Carolina until later in the winter season, so we still have mild weather. Enjoy this by taking a walk outside with your dogs, sitting on your porch swing to enjoy the cool breeze, or opening the windows to let some of the fresh air in your home. Also, take a tour of your neighborhood and enjoy all the beautiful Christmas light displays that your neighbors have decorated their homes with!
There is only one month of the year when no one will judge you for your love of holiday tunes, so now is your chance to embrace it. As you clean your home, cook your meals, or even enjoy some solitude, play some holiday music to help you get in the spirit of the season! Holiday music is lively and fun, so it is bound to uplift your mood if you are feeling down about having to skip the social gatherings.
Gifting is an integral part of the holiday season, and since shopping in stores is not recommended these days, your loved ones may need help exploring the world of online shopping. Seniors love to give thoughtful gifts their families are sure to love, so give them a call and see if there is any way you can help them check off their Christmas lists! One way to do this is to simply ask what they would like for you to order and have it shipped straight to their homes. This way they can still wrap the gifts and deliver them independently.
The holidays often bring out the creative sides to many of us, so this year should be no different. If you suddenly find yourself with a lot more time on your hands than usual, consider adding some fun crafts to your to-do list. Some of our favorites are knitting warm winter hats, hand-painting Christmas ornaments, and clothespin snowflakes, where you disassemble clothespins and glue them together to make snowflakes.
Holiday movies are the best movies, and there are so many of them that are staples in many families. We recommend scheduling a cold winter night to snuggle in blankets and watch your favorite holiday movies. Complete this experience with warm cookies, popcorn, and other treats to make it feel like the best movie theater you have ever visited.
Another fun way to celebrate the holidays is to organize a contactless cookie exchange. Call all your friends and invite them to participate with you. Each person can bake a half-dozen cookies for each participant, then leave them on each other’s porches. Depending on how many participants you have, you should end up with tons of cookies to try (and maybe even some new favorites).
The staff members at Maple Brook Terrace are wishing you and your family a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year!
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