Making the Holidays Memorable
The holidays can be such a special time. But, when you're a caregiver, thoughts of holiday dinners, and special time with family and friends can be daunting. To make sure that your holidays are memorable and positive, take a few minutes to plan ahead.
Please consider the following:
- Change your expectations. Everything doesn't have to be perfect.
- Let others help and contribute to the festivities. At our house, we share responsibilities. Even family members who come from out of town bring something. Perhaps it's a craft that the children can do. Or all of the ingredients for a side dish or dessert. Better yet, all of the above!
- Use disposable products. There was a time that I wouldn't consider using paper or plastic products. I always got out the "good dishes and shined the silverware." You know what we discovered...the food tasted just as good on disposable plates and frankly we had a better time overall. Isn't that the point of gathering together in the first place. To enjoy one another's company and ask the Lord's blessing?
- Whenever possible, engage your loved one for whom you are providing care in the preparations. It may be in menu planning, rolling napkins and silverware, making place cards, or cookies. How about reminiscing about past holidays while setting the table?
This year, make a commitment to slow down and enjoy the holidays and your time together.