The holidays are an excellent time of year to share special moments with grandchildren and to create lasting annual traditions. Whether you live close or you want to connect across a distance, there are many ways you can interact and celebrate the season with young ones during the holidays.
Choose a holiday craft the two of you can do together, like baking cookies or making holiday ornaments. If you can't be in the same location, consider using video chat to talk to one another during the activity. Consider having a big reveal and sharing the completed craft at the end of the chat.
For grandparents and older grandchildren, social media is an excellent place to spend time together. Start a Pinterest board where you share favorite recipes, crafts and other interests. Shared items are also an excellent way to get gift ideas.
An online journal also lets grandparents and grandchildren share thoughts and feelings throughout the year as well as during the holidays in a safe and secure location.
On Christmas Eve, read the true story of the birth of Christ from the Bible. It's found in the gospels of Luke and Matthew. The nativity is an excellent way to share the spirit of the holidays with your grandchildren. Along with the nativity, you may also choose to share some beautiful verses about the Messiah or some of your favorite verses on giving.
"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift." 2 Corinthians 9:15
The night before Christmas, go to the Norad website to track Santa with younger grandchildren. You can video chat if you don't live close, or if you can visit, snuggle up and watch Santa as he makes his journey around the world.
Purchase two identical advent calendars and open them together. You can share the event over the phone or through video chat when you aren't together. This is an excellent way to help children count down the days to the holidays. You can make the event more personal by creating a custom advent calendar with some of your grandchild's favorite candy or small toys.
Start your own holiday tradition that only you and your grandchildren share. Purchase a matching ornament each year, go shopping on a specific day or settle down in front of the television for a Christmas movie marathon.
Christmas is an excellent way for you to connect with both grandchildren and other family members. Park Regency Thornton in Thornton, CO, has plenty of options for seniors who want to share their community life with others or enjoy the spirit of the season.