Christmas Wreath Fun For the Sandwich Generation

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I love to hang wreaths throughout the year. I have Christmas wreaths, of course. I also have Fall wreaths, Spring wreaths, Summer wreaths, Valentine wreaths. You name it, I can find a wreath for it. I love to buy them.  They’re actually an easy way to decorate in and out of the house, making wreaths perfect for Sandwich Generation senior home care givers and grandparents.

It can also be a lot of fun making them. You can even involve your entire family in the craft of making Christmas wreaths.  My aging dad was so proud of the Fall wreath he once made, all by himself, in spite of his worsening symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. My grandkids are at an age where they could also have a lot of fun, perhaps each making their own mini Christmas wreaths. Hmmmm, I think I’ll stop at Walmart or Michael’s today and get some “ingredients.” Then again, you might want to take your grandkids with you to pick out their own special items. Here are some suggestions:

GRAPEVINE WREATHS: I like to start with a basic grapevine wreath.  Since shopping at Walmart is definitely one of my favorite ways to save money, I’d look there first. If they don’t have it, I know Michael’s will.

Both places usually carry little “stick decorations.” Christmas Tree Ornaments, poinsettia blossoms, berries to add color, nativity figurines, angels, snowmen…. There’s sure to be plenty of cute choices to match anyone’s tastes. And don’t forget some pretty ribbon for traditional Christmas bows.

Senior parents would probably love some old-fashioned nostalgia. The younger grandkids would probably enjoy gingerbread men and snowmen while the older grandkids might like to do a full nativity scene.

I heard of one intriguing Christmas wreath idea recently. Made out of a large 8 1/2 x 11 picture frame, poinsettias covered the outer part of the frame with berries and and greenery placed within the flowers.  The center, however, was the focal point of the wreath.  A picture of the family with a small parchment full of text sharing three things they were thankful for during the Christmas season.

Any of these would be delightful gifts for family and friends. For that matter, if your church or your grandkids’ school group plans a Christmas trip to a local senior care facility, they would be great for gifts for that project as well.

Be sure to take pictures of your lovely Christmas wreaths for your scrapbook. Whether you do this once, or make a tradition of it, the photos will be an enjoyable way to remember all the fun and memories you have from making these.

The Wright Stuff
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