Enjoying Fun and Easy Christmas and Advent Music, Crafts, and Activities for Kids and Seniors

by Kaye Swain

 

This Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves her easy to use digital camera to take photos of the personalized and unique Christmas tree ornaments on my tree   Would you believe it! My Sandwich Generation family did something we have never done before! We decorated our Christmas tree the week BEFORE Thanksgiving! 

Now, lest you think I was really jumping the gun a bit, we actually had a very good reason. Some of our close beloveds were out to visit for Thanksgiving so we also celebrated Christmas with them two days later. And we still have another family get-together in a week, followed by one-two smaller, quieter get-togethers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are DEFINITELY spreading out the joy of the season this year and so far, it's been quite fun.

A couple of the grandkids and I are also looking forward to some Christmas music shindigs in a couple of weeks, and since Christmas praise and worship music celebrations are some of my favorite highlights of the season, I can't wait!

Awww - the Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves this snowman from Denise Brown and Caregiving last Christmas - shot with my digital camera that is easy to useIn the meantime, I'm looking forward to enjoying the Christmas lights with my senior mom and some more holiday activities and easy crafts for kids AND seniors, like Tawra Kellam's Gifts in a Jar while babysitting the grandchildren.

I also downloaded a cool new goodie from Amanda Bennett. She has put together a month's worth of Advent and Christmas activities, lessons, songs, and books to read, all centered around Christ and fulfilled prophecies. If you are homeschooling, it's perfect for a December curriculum if your coop is taking a break, as one of ours is. And for busy grandparents, it's an excellent resource to pick and choose ideas and activities from, as we celebrate the Advent and Christmas season with our grandkids.

I was able to download it yesterday for a great sale price which I posted at my Facebook page (be sure you follow me at Facebook and LIKE me at my SandwichINK Facebook Page – because I do use Facebook daily to post short-term special deals, fun freebies like free Kindle eBook downloads, and great activities and ideas for caregivers and grandparents. Google Plus too!) :)  

The Sandwich Generation multigenerational caregivers usually have extra gifts to buy - at every end of the age spectrumSo what are you and your family – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation – up to this week? Tree up? Going up? Waiting awhile? 

P.S. See that cute snowman up above. It's one of the cute surprises Denise Brown from Caregiving.com sent me as part of the Holiday Progressive Blog Party at Caregiving last year. AND there's another one coming up – stay tuned for details! :)  

P.P.S. As you can tell, I had fun with my easy to use digital camera and have enjoyed plenty of shades of RED as we decorated the Christmas tree and wrapped the gifts. I'm linking to Sweet Shot Tuesday and Rednesday - full of fun sights to see for the Sandwich Generation. I also linked with the Hip Homeschool Chick – full of more great homeschooling resources, as well as 2805 for her delightful Christmas Tree Potpourri Party. :)

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 Ocean Soul

You are doing a fabulous job of making an awesome Christmas Spirit Sandwich! Something for all ages! Well done! And really, do we ever have long enough to enjoy the season?
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2 LaVoice

Not a bad idea, doing it all at one time.
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3 Carol

Lucky you, to have the tree all decorated. Now you can just sit back and enjoy the view! I don’t know when or if I will put up our tree. Our new kitten is into everything, and I fear she might be a tree climber……
Happy REDnesday,
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4 cindy Adkins

Hi Kaye,
It sounds like you are having lots of fun–and you are such an inspiration, my friend!!
XO
Cindy
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5 Cindy Adkins

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6 Sharla

It sounds like your holiday season is off to a great start!

7 Rebecca

We decorated our tree before Christmas, too…What a blessing you are to your family…and an inspiration. My Mom….left us three years ago…..I never had the opportunity or was able to take care of her the last year she was here…I will forever regret that…. Be Blessed…and Merry Christmas! So glad I found you on the HMJ!

8 Kristi

Wow, what a fun week! We’re not putting up a tree this year, because we’re going to be out of town. I sort of miss it. We didn’t have one last year either. ((sigh)) All of those beautiful pictures are making me reconsider… ;-)
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9 Kaye Swain

Hi Kristi, I know the feeling – we’ve been in that situation a couple of times over the years. I usually put a few decorations up and a tiny tree, just because it’s fun to look at. But some years, caregiving duties have kept even that pretty small. And it’s always worked out well. I do keep Christmas praise and worship hymn songs and music playing all month regardless – and that ALWAYS keeps my mood more chipper. :) Thanks so much for the lovely visit. I’m looking forward to popping over to “your place” shortly :)

10 Kaye Swain

Thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement Rebecca. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I know how the holidays can make that loss even harder and please know you are in my prayers. Have a blessed and beautiful week!

11 Kaye Swain

Hi Sharla, We are, indeed, having a great time. It’s a bit more relaxed this year, so far. That makes it doubly sweet. :)

12 Kaye Swain

The feeling is mutual, Cindy! :) What great words of inspiration you are sharing at your site! Very cool! :) Merry Christmas!

13 Kaye Swain

LOL Carol, I remember those days. This is the first Christmas for one granddog so it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how he does. His “mommy” was going to get a real tree, but switched back to her normal artificial one. She brought it in and left it for a day or so and then will add decorations slowly to see how he does and how to work with him to be good with the tree. Sounds like we shall both have a pet-ty interesting Christmas season. :) :) :)

14 Kaye Swain

Hi LaVoice, LOVED that cute pink tree. :) And it’s definitely nice to get it up and be done – so that if caregiving needs or family crises pop up, it’s all ready! :)

15 Kaye Swain

So true Ocean Soul! And thank you for your sweet encouragement. :) Merry Christmas!

16 cindi

Thank for the uplifting article. Christmas is a time to remember those both young and old.

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