Merry Christmas! Check out my senior mom's gorgeous Red Cardinal Christmas tree ornament! Isn't it pretty! 🙂 And it looks so nice on our Christmas tree, which is loaded with gifts underneath. I can't believe it, but in the midst of all the extra Sandwich Generation issues, I'm actually not doing bad at prepping for Christmas. That's mainly because I started early JUST IN CASE health issues arose, which they are starting to do. So far, it's mainly just a mild flu bug and some health issues for my senior mom that have been ongoing. But the warnings are out this may be a bad flu year so I am hoping to be all done soon.
Another thing I'm "test-driving" this year is organizing my gifts to make it easier to deal with them on Christmas AND to be prepared just in case I have to send them with someone else. First, I followed the grand advice from #EldercareChat and took advantage of my sweet mom's offer to wrap the gifts. To make it easier for both of us, I put all the gifts for one person into one bag with that person's name on it. Then, I gave one bag at a time to my senior mom. She wrapped them all and put them back into the same cute bag. That way, it wasn't confusing for her and she had a great time as she listened to Christmas music and books on tape. She did a bag a day and then headed for a good solid nap after each.
The three exceptions were the gifts my grandkids bought each other at Dollar Store. Those, they wrapped. Now all are under the tree looking delightful and when we head for their house on Christmas, it'll be so easy and festive to carry the bags and a piece of cake to hand a bag at a time to the "elves" who hand out the gifts to everyone. I'll have to let you know if it makes it more peaceful on Christmas Day. 🙂 Even if not, it's still more peaceful here! And if health prevents us going, which has happened a couple of times over the decades, it'll be easy for us to send the bags and easy for them to hand them out. When you have very young kids or are dealing with the Sandwich Generation health issues of life, planning ahead for illnesses can really be necessary!
Happy Rednesday, Happy Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party and Happy Tuesday. 🙂
It's after Thanksgiving but I'm still giving thanks and joining in the fun at Pink Saturday – a lovely stress reliever for all of us in the Sandwich Generation.
I lasted as long as I could but my grandson managed to entice me to get out the Christmas tree and start decorating. such fun! And lovely day full of sweet family memories, for which I am very thankful!
And speaking of pink Christmas tree ornaments, you'll find some lovely ideas for them midway down at Christmas Tree Photos and Decorating Ideas.
How about y'all? Did you have a lovely Thanksgiving for you and your Sandwich Generation family? Started decorating the Christmas tree? We'd love to hear. And have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend and Pink Saturday!
Merry Christmas Eve to all of you in the Sandwich Generation! Got any special plans for today? I'm looking forward to going to our Candlelight church service tonight along with a couple of grandchildren. One of my grandkids and I already enjoyed a delightful Christmas praise and worship music concert that included a wonderful new song, How Many Kings, performed by contemporary Christian singing group, DownHere. My young grand-teen (recently the first to graduate from the tweens to the teens – my first grand-teen! Time is FLYING!) loved their music and I enjoyed it as well. She was thrilled when I bought her one of their Christmas praise and worship music CDs and was able to get their autographs on it!
She thought you and your family might enjoy How Many Kings as well, to celebrate Christmas Eve. Especially if you, too, have tweens or teens in your family! 🙂
Once again, Merry Christmas Eve to all of you in the Sandwich Generation, dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents in your family along with raising children and/or caring for your grandchildren. And PINK CHRISTMAS GREETINGS to all of you from Beverly's PINK SATURDAY where we're all discussing what we're doing for Christmas. Plus you'll get to see some gorgeous and very unique Christmas tree ornaments. Truly a sweet holiday treat:)