Merry Christmas! It’s the holiday season – a sweet time of music, family, and holiday parties. For many caregivers, though, the parties may be too difficult to get to. Medication schedules, health needs, elderly anxiety…. The list can go on and on, can’t it? BUT, once again, Denise Brown and Caregiving.com have a grand solution for caregivers everywhere – their annual Holiday Progressive Blog Party! You get to come as you are, even if you are wearing cute bunny slippers. And there is NO cooking required! Now that’s a FUN party, don’t you think? And, of course, SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation is thrilled to again be a part of this season fun. So WELCOME! Pull up a chair, enjoy some yummy hot cocoa and and a delish donut
As a full-fledged member of the Sandwich Generation (those caring for elderly parents while still raising kids or helping with grandkids), I stay very busy taking grand care of my real estate clients, writing, helping my senior mom, and babysitting adorable grandkids. It’s a non-stop life that I really do enjoy. Of course, there are plenty of difficult moments mixed in with the smiles and hugs but God is good and keeps me going and I’m so grateful!
My holiday activities are fewer this year as my grandkids are older and my schedule is fuller. So far, I still only have two ornaments on my Christmas tree but the lights do look lovely! I finally brought the boxes of ornaments in and plan to hang a few every time a loved one and I chat on the phone. Then, after Christmas, I’ll de-decorate the same way. I should be done by Valentine’s Day? :) However, if you and your kids or grandkids have more free time than me this year, here are some fun ideas for y’all:
- Christmas cookies are tasty fun
- Whether done for Christmas OR Christmas in July – wooden ornaments are popular with my grandkids
- Games are GRAND with the GRANDkids
- Easy Crafts Ideas for kids AND seniors
- Pinterest-ing Craft Ideas
- Even MORE holiday craft fun
And here’s a fun coloring page to print out for them to enjoy (for that matter, many of our beloved seniors enjoy coloring pictures as well. )
If you or your elderly parents are having a tougher time during the holidays, a very common occurrence, these might be a blessing to you:
- Comfort and peace
- Dealing with grief and loss
- Words and music to comfort caregivers
- Christmas joy and strength
- Trials, Tribulations, and Tumbles
- Pinterest-ing comfort
- Fixed eyes
Are you looking for ways to de-stress your own holiday schedule – beyond decorating in slow motion, as I am doing? How about:
- Stay Ahead of Holiday Stress, Enjoy Fun With Grandkids, And Bring Joy to Beloved Elderly
- Holiday Tips and Tweets
- Duplication = Stress Relief
- Practical Resources for Caregivers
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the lovely music. I’ve got some grand songs for you to enjoy. First – courtesy of Smilebox, Barlow Girls singing Carol of the Bells beautifully!
- Also… Multigenerational Christmas Music Fun From Our Family To Yours
- How Many Kings
- Michael W Smith with Kay Thompson’s Jingle Bells
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit for the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party here at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation. Be sure to CLICK HERE to head over to Caregiving for more holiday merriment, smiles, virtual hugs, AND a fun giveaway, including an Amazon gift certificate from SandwichINK. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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.