Autumn is my favorite season, but Christmas is my favorite holiday. So when I spotted Marcia's White Christmas in July at One Heart at Home, of COURSE I had to join up. And I'm so glad you're here to join in this fun happy holidays party blog post. If it's chilly where you're at, the weather is perfect. And if it's roasting, just crank up the a/c, turn on the Christmas carols, light the candles and we'll both be feeling a lot cooler and enjoying some sweet smiles, cute holiday clipart, lovely music, and fun ideas while we're in the midst of caring for elderly parents and taking care of the kids or babysitting our grandchildren (that's me 🙂 ).
Easy crafts for kids and seniors is one of the favorite grandparent and grandkid activities around here and that's especially true at Christmas. Would you believe it, my grandchildren and I made these cute igloo foam crafts a month AFTER Christmas when I managed to snag them for about 75% off at an after-Christmas clearance sale. I never got a chance to post the pictures I shot with my handy dandy easy to use digital camera, so here they are – perfect for this White Christmas in July!
One of the things about the Sandwich Generation is that things can change dramatically in less than no time! One minute you're working peacefully amd things are going smoothly. The next minute, someone is sick and WHAM! There goes the schedule. So I've learned to plan ahead for holidays AND plan for simple and easy solutions to gift-giving and decorating. That's one of the reasons I LOVE blogging at SandwichINK. Even when life is a bit crazy and not too many decorations get put up at home, I usually manage to decorate at SandwichINK. Plus I can always find good friends with lovely decorations up and enjoy theirs. Like Caregiving.com's Progressive Holiday Blog Party every December. 🙂
Two of my favorite gifts for everyone, from the elderly parents and relatives in my family on down to the young grandkids are:
A "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade Scripture Calendar 2012 – full of encouraging Bible verses and lovely pictures to delight our senses. And OH MY! They are already out! Talk about making it easy to plan ahead! 🙂
A Christmas Music cd – full of lovely holiday praise and worship hymn songs and music
And guess what! According to New Release Tuesday, these are some of the Christmas Christian albums coming out this fall. I know my grandkids will be interested in them:
- This Is Christmas – Kutless brings Christmas cheer to your Holiday season with the classics “O Holy Night,” “Breathe of Heaven,” “Lil Drummer Boy,” “This is Christmas” and more!! Due out October 4, 2011
- The Heart Of Christmas – Matthew West returns with his first-ever Christmas album, The Heart of Christmas. Due out October 04, 2011
- Christmas In Diverse City – TobyMac returns with his first new Christmas album in 10 years. Christmas In Diverse City showcases TobyMac at his best mixing rock, pop, soul, hip-hop. Due out October 04, 2011
Hmmmm, those are definitely staying on my Christmas gift list for now. I love TobyMac and Matthew West and I have a couple of 20-somethings who enjoy Kutless immensely. 🙂
Christmas music gifts for the elderly parents and relatives in my family are more along the lines of The Gaithers Homecoming Christmas praise and worship albums, like Christmas with Bill & Gloria Gaither And Their Homecoming Friends. And since Christmas is definitely more fun with plenty of Christmas music, here's one of my Smilebox eCards Creations, with one of the songs from that album, just for you! 🙂
Another of our favorite things we often enjoy is to watch a holiday move or two. Some of my favorites include:
- Holiday Inn
- Family Man
- All 3 Santa Clauses – and I don't even do Santa Claus, but I just love the movies. 🙂
They are so much fun and full of happy smiles. What's your favorite holiday movie?
I think one of my absolute top favorite traditions is to get out all our nativity sets and share the Christmas story with the grandkids several times throughout the season. They love helping me tell the story as I hold each piece up and they also enjoy playing with the sets when we're done.
That's White Christmas in July for this Sandwich Generation family. Now it's your turn. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions, music, foods, etc.? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below, at Facebook, or at your site – just leave a link so we can visit. Also, be sure to visit One Heart At Home for more sweet music, great site-seeing, and plenty of party blog posts to bless and encourage all of us in the midst of elder and younger care. 🙂 And Have a Happy and Merry White Christmas in July.