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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!


When a member of our family - in OR out of the Sandwich Generation - is sad - we are all sad - Praise GOD for His sweet comfortThis week my extended Sandwich Generation family has been dealing with some very difficult issues. While not directly impacting me, they have kept me busy praying a LOT! One prayer request popped up in the middle of church, while we were singing hymns. A loved one, very upset, needed some extra attention, so I quietly left early – something I almost never do.

Sitting in the foyer, texting words of encouragement to this beloved and praying all the while, I was temporarily interrupted by a friend from the choir. She had just left the choir loft after their song and was headed into church. I told her what I was doing and asked her to pray as well. We talked about the comfort we both knew well from Romans 8:28 – a verse God has really been emphasizing in my heart this past month.

What a sweet joy to lift the spirits of one loved one long distance and have my spirits lifted by another dear friend right there in church. And what a blessing to see God using the traditional ways of encouraging and the high-tech ways in this day and age.

We live in a world with so many dark and gloomy headlines, just as Jesus did when He died on the cross for us. But thanks to His precious sacrifice then, we can continue on now – knowing that no matter what is happening, GOD IS IN CONTROL. Delightful words of encouragement for all of us, in AND out of the Sandwich Generation, during this bittersweet season of Lent. 

As Guy Penrod reminds us so wonderfully in the sweet Christian hymn, On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand," all other ground is, indeed, sand. I pray this video is a blessing to all of us – from our grandchildren on up to our beloved elderly parents and grandparents. 

A Pause in Lent 2012 at SandwichINK will focus on encouraging Bible memory verses - meditations - and music for kids grand children and grandparents

The Sandwich Generation can find sweet words of encouragement in the Women helping Women linkup

Faith-Filled Friday for the Sandwich Generation

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

Peaceful Scriptures and Praise music relax my heart and my spiritPeace is the fruit of the Spirit that I have been focusing on this month – as in "Seek peace and pursue it," (I use that Scripture verse a LOT when babysitting grandchildren and they start squabbling. 🙂 and as in "And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." I cling to that a LOT when juggling the various Sandwich Generation issues and they don't all fall into place the way I think they should! And as in Isaiah 26:3, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." (KJV). I love this verse. It's such a good reminder to keep my mind focused on Him, whether through prayer, Bible study throughout the day, or listening to Christian music – especially in the car.

Speaking of Christian music, I heard two songs this week that so encouraged me and filled me with a calming peace during some times when I was really wrestling with frustration and worry. I pray their words and Scriptures of encouragement will lift your spirits as well:

Phillips, Craig & Dean – Great I Am

Casting Crowns, Voice of Truth

My policy when driving in my car – with AND without my grandkids – is to listen to Christian music, classical music, or uplifting stories (or school memory work for them). These two were such a sweet blessing, I've added them to my playlist. As the Casting Crowns song puts it, "I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth " How about you? What Christian songs bring a sense of peace to your heart?

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

The Sandwich Generation can find sweet words of encouragement in the Women helping Women linkup

Merry Christmas! It's the last Sunday in Advent 2012 and only two days til Christmas! I'm still not ready AND have sweet company coming! Yikes! Where does the time go! 

As promised earlier this week, I have a Merry Christmas Smilebox for you and your Sandwich Generation family to enjoy, with the two versions of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen that my grandson liked the best. 

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

How about you and your grandkids or other family members? Do you have a different favorite of this delightful old Christmas Carol that shares the gospel in such a grand and uplifting way? We'd love to hear. And have a blessed and beautiful Advent Sunday!

Spiritual Sundays are full of devotionals with encouraging Bible verses to bless the Sandwich Generation boomers and seniors busy caring for the elderly parents while babysitting grandchildren

The Sandwich Generation can enjoy fun Christmas and Advent activities music and devotionals for the boomers and seniors and their grand kids during A Pause In Advent