The holiday season is upon us – and for many, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. From decking the halls to wrapping packages to trimming the tree or lighting the menorah, everyone has their own special holiday traditions.
While a recent move to a senior living or retirement community may change some of your family traditions, Marie Dunn, Director of Sales and Marketing at WhiteStone, says it’s the perfect time to reimagine some of the things you and your family have been doing for years.
“Sharing time-honored holiday traditions with new friends and neighbors in your new senior living community is a fun way to keep your favorite traditions alive,” Marie says. “But creating new holiday memories that can be cherished fondly in the years to come can be even better.”
There are endless ways to start new holiday festivities in retirement. Some of our favorites include:
Spend Time with New Neighbors
One of the best gifts you can offer to a neighbor – especially someone who might spend the holidays without family – is the gift of connection. Invite a neighbor to share in one of your new holiday activities or simply spend quality time together.
Try attending local holiday events. Consider a light show in the evening or go to a holiday play at a local theater or school. Attend a candlelight service or take a drive to check out home holiday decorations while singing along to holiday music.
Cookie Baking and Exchange
Invite friends and family members to bake favorite holiday treats in your new kitchen. Afterward, host a cookie exchange or share goodie bags with skilled nursing or memory care residents.
Whether you put together packages for a local homeless shelter or create small gift bags for neighbors, the joy of giving is sure to bring holiday cheer.
Enjoy Community Events
Most communities host a variety of fun activities and events throughout the holiday season. You might discover can’t-miss activities that quickly become new holiday traditions. Whether it’s a community-wide holiday party, a special volunteering opportunity or an ornament-making event, attending community activities are a great way to become involved and make new friends.
Whatever your holiday season looks like, remember what’s important – spending time with friends and family. “The holidays are a chance for us to gather with those we love, celebrate being together and enjoy the little moments,” Marie says. “The events, activities and decorations are just the trimmings. It’s the traditions we create that make the season special. That’s what the holiday season is all about.”
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WhiteStone is the first and oldest Life Plan Community in North Carolina. Founded in 1912 as the first Masonic Fraternal Home in the U.S. created solely to care for the elderly, WhiteStone is open to everyone looking for a secure retirement in a comfortable, welcoming setting.
WhiteStone offers residents a host of amenities and services designed to make life easier, healthier and happier. In addition to independent living, WhiteStone offers a full range of senior health services, if and when the need arises, including memory care, in-home care, short- and long-term skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Assisted living services are coming soon to the community.
Since WhiteStone is a Life Plan Community, residents will never need to move in order to get the health care they need. At WhiteStone, we provide expert, personalized care on campus in our top-rated Care and Wellness Center.
For more information about our community, please contact Marie Dunn at 336-459-0904.