This year, end-of-year celebrations will be very different from previous years. Here are some ideas for celebrating and having a safe time with your loved ones this holiday season.
Firstly, it is imperative that you adjust your expectations for this upcoming holiday season by preparing for the idea that you might be spending the holidays away from loved ones. Instead, think about possibly having small family gatherings, that way you can avoid disappointment!
Christmas is usually a very busy time for many people. This year, the lack of festivities gives us time to refocus on what's important and to reconnect with loved ones. Take this opportunity to channel all of your time and energy towards yourself and your loved ones.
For caregivers, now would be a good time to take more time for yourself and surround yourself with things that make you feel good. Take advantage of this time by cooking yourself a good meal, reading a book, listening to music, watching television, decorating your house, admiring photos or artwork from Christmas festivities, going cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or walking in the great outdoors. Otherwise, simply take a moment to assess your year, reflect and enjoy the silence.
As the pandemic requires us to look forward to more intimate gatherings, small and meaningful acts will replace large gatherings to radiate the magic of Christmas. It could be fun to reinvent old traditions or even create new ones. If your loved one lives in a CHSLD or a private residence, here are some suggestions (in French) from our general coordinator Julie Bickerstaff, to have a comfortable holiday while showing them your affection:
These suggestions could also be adapted to your loved one's situation:
Don't forget, Caregiver Support is here to help, guide and listen, even during end-of-year holiday celebrations. You can reach us by phone, at 1 855 852-7784, or by email.
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