Christmas Activities for Your Care Home

It seems that Christmas is well and truly upon us! Mariah, Sinatra, Bublé and even Bieber are clearly going to be unavoidable for the next few weeks, and I for one LOVE it. But, with the season having its own challenges, what Christmas activities can we host that are fun and festive for everyone, without having it break the bank!

I’ve grouped our list of (borrowed) suggestions into four sections all with a special Christmas DIY touch! The first section focuses on Rudolf’s fantastic opportunities for reminiscing and reconnecting; Santa’s second section sparks ideas for DIY fun; Ms Claus ponders her thoughts for active activities; and finally, the Elves push for Winter Wonderful Games.

 

Rudolf’s Reminiscing & Reconnecting

Christmas is a nostalgic time full of traditions, family and loved ones. This is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect residents with their nearest and dearest, but whatwhat Christmas activities can help with this?

Help residents create & send cards – Family and friends (even church) love receiving them, and they couldn’t be easier to make! Fold an A4 piece of card in half, have lots of decorative bits and away you go. You could use old magazines or newspapers, ribbon, tissue paper, coloured pencils – all things you might already have in your craft box or can be purchased for little cost. You could create these simple cards, these button and ribbon cards or these tag cards.

A Christmas Wishes Tree – A Christmas Wishes tree is a really lovely way to allow share Christmas Wishes within the home and with friends and family. It may also give people time to reminisce and reflect on cherished memories and loved ones.

Cooking a tasty treat – who doesn’t love a tasty treat? Cook up some favourites and bring back memories and the feeling of Christmas. Reconnect with friends and family and invite them around to enjoy what you’ve cooked up! What’s everyone’s favourite Christmas food? Mines a mince pie, and they’re fun and surprisingly easy to make, see here.

 

Santa’s DIY Décor 

Get everyone involved in making some awesome Christmas Décor as a creative Christmas activity. Homemade is always better; take a look at these Christmas DIY ideas that could brighten up your home or service and be fun for everyone to make.

Christmas Crackers – A must-have for Christmas, see how they can be made here.

Christmas Stockings – These would brighten up any living room, and be great fun for anyone wanting to show off their artistic flair. These could also be gifted to family and friends! See how to make your own Christmas Stockings here.

Christmas Crafts Day: Invite friends and family and inspire everyone’s creativity with a day making some Christmas Decorations. Want some ideas? We love these homemade Christmas Wreaths and how cute are these Mason Jar Lid Snowmen? These could give any room a Christmassy touch of sparkle.

 

Ms Claus Active Activities

Want Christmas activities which encourage more exercise and activity this Christmas? These could be for you.

A Christmas dance – Why not find out what everyone’s favourite Christmas tunes are and have an afternoon for Christmas music and boogying? Pop on some Sinatra or Buddy Holly and bring some festive cheer to everyone.

A Christmassy Walk – Could you decorate a hallway or even the garden with a few festive surprises and encourage everyone to go for a winter walk? You could even use the decorations you made earlier and display them around for all to see. This could be a great activity to get friends and family in on too!

Singing Carols – Have a Carols sing-a-long afternoon! We know that singing releases endorphins or ‘happy chemicals’ (and even in some cases has shown to reduce the need for pain relief!). Create some happy Christmas cheer for everyone involved.

 

The Elves Winter Wonderful Games

Want Christmas activities which are more low-key and calm? Games are a fantastic option.

Christmas Jigsaw – A jigsaw can be an ideal small group or solo activity. The best thing about jigsaws is the variety of different shapes, sizes and complexity of puzzles so that you can choose one that is best suited to each person. They’re a great winter activity and always reminds me of Christmas by the fire.

Name That Tune – Pull together a Christmas musical quiz and help people reminisce about a particular era; this could either be a quiz to write down the name of the song or a bingo form with images that are related to the song. There are a lot of awesome and free youtube videos of musical quiz’s. We love this ‘Guess From the Intro’ Quiz.

A Christmas Story – Get everyone together, choose someone with a great reading voice and pick out a Christmas Story to read to everyone. If appropriate, create a cosy atmosphere with lighting and blankets and let everyone sink into another world. ‘A Christmas Carol’ is obviously a favourite, and ‘The Elves and The Shoemaker’. It’s not technically Christmas, but I also love a bit of Harry Potter around Christmas.

 

Whichever Christmas activities choose to do, I hope this list has been all fun and games and helps to inspire some festive ideas for your team and the people you support.

Have a very Merry, Festive Christmas 🙂 

 

 

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