Holiday planning can be tricky.
Of course, you want your holiday plans to include fun and meaningful activities with your family. But, finding activities that everyone wants to do? Well, it’s not always the easiest thing to accomplish.
Especially with aging parents. Because you have to find activities that go beyond the generation gap. Activities that are easy and easily accessible. Activities that will really bring you and your parents closer together for the holiday season.
It’s a tall order.
Lucky for you, we’ve created a list of 5 wonderful holiday ideas aging parents will love. If you were having trouble making plans, check out this list for some easy, meaningful tips and activities.
Bake some treats.
Everyone loves food.
Particularly holiday treats.
Choose one of your or your parents’ favorite holiday goodies, and bake away!
This is a great activity because it allows you to chat and catch up while doing the activity. And, it’s extremely accommodating. You can bake standing up, sitting down. You can bake more challenging treats like gingerbread houses or easy treats like cake mix brownies.
Baking is so versatile, you can’t go wrong.
Bring out the old photos.
Some of the best memories are created while sharing old memories.
Dust off the old photo albums and pull up some chairs for the whole family to see.
Reminiscing about the good ol’ days is always a fun and meaningful activity. The pictures you find or the memories you recall will make you smile and cry. By the end of the night, you might even find yourself rolling with laughter.
It’s a wonderful experience for all.
Where you spend your holidays is almost as important as how you spend your holidays.
If the room is drab and sad, no amount of lively activity will brighten the mood.
So, bring some extra cheer into the house with a bit of decorating!
Like baking, this is another activity that allows you to talk and spend quality time with your elderly parents. Even if they can’t reach all the tall places, they’ll still enjoy chatting while you climb up a ladder.
There’s nothing more magical than creating something together.
See the show.
If you’re looking to get out of the house, some of the most wonderful shows play this time of year. Operas, Broadway shows, plays, or even just movies. Your choices are unlimited.
Find a genre or theme both you and your elderly parents love.
Then buy the tickets, and head on out!
Pro Tip: Plan this activity in advance. Tickets during this season sell out fast!
Book a spa.
Whether it’s foot massages for the dads or manicures for the moms, spas are a great holiday activity.
Not only do spa days get you out of the house, they do so while being easily accessible to aging parents. And, if you can book a room together, you’ll have plenty of time to chat about life and other fun things.