Christmas carols

Merry Christmas Tips for Boomers and Seniors Traveling

Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTOR blogger shares restaurants open Christmas with boomers and seniors

Merry Christmas to Sandwich Generation Boomers and Seniors everywhere! Are you staying home for Christmas or traveling to visit others? I often visited an elderly loved one for Thanksgiving or Christmas over the years. Due to their personal circumstances, we always went out to eat. For Thanksgiving, it was usually not too hard to find an open restaurant but Christmas was REALLY tough. In case any of you are traveling to see family this Christmas and need a place to eat at, here are some national chains (most, if not all, of which are popular with fellow boomers and seniors) that are probably open. BUT do be sure to call the restaurant you plan to eat at to confirm they are for sure open. Sometimes a chain can be open overall but an individual restaurant (often franchisees) will decide to be closed:

For those who live near big cities, it could be worth checking with some of the high-end restaurants as they may have some that are open for Christmas Day. For example, Roseville CA has Ruth’s Chris Steak House which is open 12-8pm on Christmas Day. BUT you really need to make reservations early. Our Ruth’s Chris Steak House is already booked up for Christmas. However, depending on the location, you may well find other restaurants that are still available.

One other tip – if we could get there early enough Christmas Eve, we would make hotel reservations where we could have a suite, like Residence Inn, complete with a living room in addition to the bedrooms. Generally, those also have  refrigerators and microwaves. We then bought dinner to go from Marie Callendars, Boston Market, or someplace else that was open on Christmas Eve (though be careful – they often close early) and put them in our hotel refrigerator. On Christmas Day, our loved one enjoyed coming to Christmas dinner at our hotel room and thanks to the miracles of microwaves, it was quite tasty. 🙂

Fun and Fairly Easy Christmas Break Grandkid Ideas

I got to enjoy another early Christmas treat with a different group of grandkids and we had a fun time with some new and old Christmas Crafts. Thanks to a special 40% off everything sale at Michaels I was able to get each one of them a cool faux Christmas Gingerbread House project.  (Michaels and Hobby Lobby are GRAND gifts for grandparents, that’s for sure, with so many great coupons!) That project had a mixed result.  I tried hard to match the ones that looked more complicated with the older grandkids and the easier ones with the younger. Unfortunately, a couple that looked easy turned out to be so tough I couldn’t even get them to work. I think that sometimes the way they are cut doesn’t go quite right. It’s not the end of the world, of course, except to the 1-2 grandkids whose projects didn’t work as well as their brothers and sisters.

Boomers and seniors enjoy Fun faux gingerbread houses for kids and grandkids via Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate blogger agent

For those houses, we first had to talk about and pray about the situation a bit. It was a great opportunity to re-discuss “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in EVERYTHING give thanks – even recalcitrant projects.” Then we decided to “think outside the box” and just make fun projects without trying to follow the directions. Between all that, the sad mood turned upside down and the project ideas that ensued were adorable.

On another day, we had fun turning popsicle sticks into adorable Nativity scenes, thanks to the directions and photo I found on Pinterest. That project, along with many others, is at my Pinterest board, Grand for Kids & Grandkids. We used a hot glue gun for that project and it worked really well. Thanks to all my cautions, only one finger burned. And yes, sadly, that finger was MINE! No matter how careful you are, it can be easy to get a burn but I was glad it wasn’t any of the grandkids! And THAT is why I rarely use hot glue guns. 🙂

Christmas Joys For Boomers and Seniors, Caregivers and Grandparents

Christian words of encouragement for boomers and seniors via Roseville real estate agent Kaye Swain

Last Sunday In Advent: Devotions for Boomers and Seniors

A lovely Christmas carol by Michael W. Smith – Christ the Messiah. So lovely! I really appreciate his ministry and his beautiful music that is often complete with orchestra! A sweet joy!

Continuing on in the book of John, here’s Pastor Guzik with John 6:1-13 – Opposed by the Impossible

Have a Joy-Filled Christmas Week
 The Sandwich Generation granny nanny and caregiver loves encouraging Bible verses and this is an inspirational one for Christmas

I pray that your week is calm and peaceful even in the midst of caregiving needs and outside responsibilities, and that your Christmas is blessed and beautiful.  🙂 Merry Christmas to all of us in AND out of the Sandwich Generation – multigenerational caregivers, grandparents, boomers and seniors!


I have heard this version of the Carol of the Bells several times this Christmas. I finally called and got the name of the song, Carol of the Fryers. The station explained it had never been recorded so you can't buy it, but I was able to find it at YouTube. It's so cute – all my grandkids love it. And it never fails to leave me wiping tears of joy from my eyes. It seemed like a fun and delightful way to say Merry Christmas Eve to all of us, in AND out of the Sandwich Generation! 

Whether you are out and about or confined to home due to health issues for you or your caree, I pray you will have a blessed and beautiful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, rejoicing in the glory of a Savior Who knows exactly what we are going through! Christmas blessings to you! 

P.S. If you'd like it with more of a surprise at the end, here's one more. 🙂 

Merry Christmas cute country clipart for the Sandwich GenerationThis is the last Wednesday before Christmas! YOWZERS! The carol I selected this time is once again courtesy of my grandchildren. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is one of my favorite carols, but I don’t think it is played as often as many others. I was singing it in the the car the other day when my baby boomer brain blanked on the last word. I was pleasantly shocked when my grandchild knew it  and sang it for me!   🙂

I have a couple of different versions of it, including the one by Jars of Clay. The grandchild currently playing on my netbook as I write this liked that version. But then he heard the one by Mannheim Steamroller and loved it also. So I decided to make a Smilebox for y’all with BOTH versions to enjoy and will share it with you on Sunday (so be sure to check back). But in the meantime, here’s another cute picture and a couple of coloring pages to share with our grandkids.

One of the reasons I love this carol is that it tells the Christmas story so wonderfully. I loved this article I found by Ace Colins, that gives more of the background of this delightful hymn. I don’t think there is one specific verse it is based on – more likely the whole passage in Luke and/or Matthew. However, my wonderful Laridian Pocket Bible with the hymns option I added to it shows Luke 2:10-11 coupled with this song. What a perfect Scripture for this song AND what an encouraging and comforting Scripture for all of us, especially in difficult and dark days.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid ; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Here’s some Christmas stationery for grandkids AND senior parents, not to mention us, along with a couple of cute Christmas coloring pages for our grandboys and grandgirls – all to share the Good News of the Christmas story. My grandson helped me pick out the pictures and the fonts, just for you!

Christmas stationery for the Sandwich Generation and their grandkids


Christmas Cute Country Clipart Coloring page for grandkids - boy


Cute Christmas Clipart Coloring page for grandkids - girl

In a normal year, this last week before Christmas can be a crazy week full of fun activities, last minute shopping, and more. For those of us in the Sandwich Generation, you can often multiply that exponentially. That’s the time I grab on harder to God and His promises and make sure I’m spending time in His Word to keep me sane and centered in HIm during this often lovely but oh-so-busy season. This is another way of sharing that example with our grandkids, don’t you think? A lovely way of leaving a spiritual legacy – so vital in this day and age!

Enjoy encouraging Bible verses and pictures each Word-Filled Wednesday at Internet Cafe Devotions

SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation loves to join with lovingourchildren and grandchildren

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging Bible verses and delightful praise and worship hymn songs and music

My angsty granddog

Oh me, oh my, oh Nehemiah! (I love that line from some kid's church play I once heard of. 🙂 It's been an up and down day, that's for sure. One grandchild has the flu, one granddog was angsty and UBER wiggly, my car is making odd sounds, and I got to the post office too late to mail two packages.  

On the bright side, I did get the most important package mailed via the automatic machine. I DO love that thing! Granddog two stopped being angsy long enough to give me a cute photo for this post.  AND I got the most delightful gift in the mail this week from Denise Brown at Caregiving – a Butterball turkey coupon. What a sweet treat! I think it was there since Thanksgiving and I just hadn't had time to get over to pick it up. See how much fun blog parties are – especially when hosted by such sweet people as Denise Brown at Caregiving. THANK YOU AGAIN, DENISE. 🙂

This granddog posed cheerfully for grandma

Speaking of blog party fun, CONGRATULATIONS to Jane for winning the SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation Amazon gift certificate during the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party! If you haven't yet replied to my email, do so quickly and I'll pop it out to you. (And if caregiving issues are slowing you down, don't worry! I TOTALLY understand. 🙂 )

That's the great thing about blog party fun for all of us in the Sandwich Generation. We can attend at our leisure, skip it easily if caregiving issues intervene, and even wear our PJs if we like. Not to mention enjoy listening to Christmas carols the whole while. Happy Week Before Christmas. Stay Healthy. And enjoy the weather. (We're FINALLY supposed to get snow this week. So far, we've only had flurries – enough to show on my arm, but that's it! So WOO HOO to snow!)  🙂 

This is as much snow as we have gotten but this weekend the Sandwich Generation granny nanny and grandkids might be doing the happy dance

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