Help senior citizens enjoy ChristmasNow that the turkey is off the table and all the leftovers have been devoured, it is time to think about the Christmas holiday.
By: By Mary Krueger, senior liaison, Alexandria Echo Press
Now that the turkey is off the table and all the leftovers have been devoured, it is time to think about the Christmas holiday.
Christmas can be a stressful time for everyone with all of the parties and expectations that everyone has.
If you have a senior citizen in your life, don’t forget about them at Christmas time. You can help them out in many ways by doing chores that are hard for them to do but may be simple for you or your children.
It will take some time for you to go over to their house and help them, but they do need some extra help at this time of the year and it just may bring you some extra Christmas cheer.
If you have a grandparent or a neighbor that is a senior citizen, help by putting up their Christmas tree for them. String the lights on the tree for them. Help them decorate it, or at least get the decorations set out for them.
Christmas lights can be a difficult task for any senior citizen. If they live in a house, ask if they need help decorating the outside of it. Seniors need a lot of time to get around, especially with the snow that we now have. Give them plenty of time.
Just sharing your time with a senior citizen can mean more to them than you can ever imagine. It could be the best present you can give them.
Invite your senior to come and bake Christmas cookies with you. Maybe make some fudge, caramels and candy too. Ask them to bring their favorite recipe to share and I am sure they would be happy to do that.
You can collect some great recipes that way and have fun baking with someone else. By baking several different kinds of treats, you can make up plates of goodies to give away as presents.
Be sure to send some plates home with them as well. This gives both of you a great variety for those drop-in guests during the holidays.
Another idea is to take a senior shopping. If they aren’t able to get out, ask them for a list of items that you can go and get for them.
Many seniors live on a tight budget and can’t always afford good food to eat or the clothes that they should probably have. You could also help them by wrapping presents for their grandchildren or maybe even purchasing their gifts.
If they are going to be alone for the holidays, invite them over, even if it’s only for an hour or two. Play games with them. Have them tell you what they did for Christmas as a child. Your kids may be very interested in hearing some of their stories.
I know that this is a busy time of year for all of us. By adding helping out a senior to your “to do” list, you can help spread the true meaning of this Christmas season.