Christmas Activities for Seniors

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Are you looking for a few good ways to make the Christmas season merry and bright for yourself and your senior loved ones? These Christmas activities for seniors will get you started on the right foot.

Christmas Activities for Seniors

There’s a chill in the air, twinkly lights hang in the window, and stockings are hung on the mantle with care. Christmas time has come again, and there’s nothing like celebrating this particular time of year with your loved ones. If you have seniors attending the festivities, you may wonder about the best ways to include them. These Christmas activities for seniors will give you plenty of ways to enjoy each other’s company.

Decorate Their Space Together

One of the best parts of Christmas is decorating, so make sure your senior loved ones can get in on the fun. Making crafts like Christmas wreaths together can add a handmade touch, or you can take your senior loved one on a virtual Christmas decoration shopping spree via the internet. If they live in an assisted living community, you can see if there are any Christmas craft events you can attend together, or volunteer to decorate and spread the holiday cheer even further.

Send Out Christmas Cards Together

Christmas is a great time to remind the people in your life that you care. You can help your senior loved one reach out by working with them to mail some Christmas cards. You can make or purchase cards together and then help your senior loved one write heartfelt messages, address the envelopes, and stamp them. The best part: people will most likely send cards back, bringing a little extra Christmas spirit into your loved one’s life!

Have Some Senior-Friendly Festivities

Sometimes seniors can feel uncomfortable with the rush and hustle of holiday events. You can keep things inclusive by making small changes to keep your gatherings senior-friendly. Include elements like classic holiday songs or movies that will spark happy memories for your senior loved ones, and try to allow time for quiet conversation too. Have a space where your senior loved one can retreat for a nap or a break if they feel overstimulated. Consider a Christmas breakfast or brunch option if afternoons and evenings are challenging.

Dedicate Time to Holiday Reminiscing

Speaking of those old favorite Christmas songs and movies, there are probably many traditions your senior loved one would enjoy revisiting this season. Do they have a favorite Christmas movie or food they look forward to every year? Talk to them about what made their holidays memorable in the past, and see what you can do to include those elements this year.

Volunteer for a Worthy Cause Together

Christmas is a time to give back to your community, and volunteering can help seniors feel less isolated and more connected to others through service. If your senior loved one is already volunteering somewhere, ask how you can get involved this holiday season. If you need a project to do together, reach out to some local nonprofits and ask what they need help with that would be appropriate for a senior volunteer. They’ll be happy to hear from you!


No matter what you’re doing with your senior loved ones this Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful time and a happy new year. Enjoy the holiday!

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