Address Christmas cards
If the grandchildren are coming to visit early, and they have good handwriting, have them address the Christmas cards for your friends and neighbors in the senior living community.
Make Christmas cookies
Use an old family recipe for Christmas cookies, or find one online. There are plenty of good recipes, and kids love to bake (closely supervised, of course!). Once you’re done, make up little bags of cookies and deliver them to your neighbors (along with the Christmas cards).
Watch Christmas movies
There is always something good on television, or you can rent a Christmas movie to watch together. Watch an old favorite from when you were younger, let the grandkids choose, or pick one each.
Admire the Christmas decorations in the neighborhood
Dress appropriately for the weather, and head out together in the neighborhood to admire the Christmas decorations. Pick favorites!
Tell the grandkids about the traditions and activities you were involved with as a young child. Did you go Christmas caroling, trim the Christmas tree as a family? What was your favorite gift as a child? Did you leave cookies for Santa?
There are lots of fun games you can play, such as “Christmas Bingo” or “Pin the Nose on Rudolph” or a “Candy Cane Hunt” (like an Easter Egg Hunt).
When you buy gifts for your grandchildren, buy an additional toy or two that you can wrap together and deliver to a local children’s hospital. Teach them that it’s a blessing to give.
Make new memories
Take photographs of your day together during any or all of these activities, and print and frame the picture for your home. It will bring a smile to your face every time you see it.
See a Christmas show
Even if you are not close to a large city with a professional theater or ballet company, there may be a version of The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol somewhere in town, at a local college or high school, perhaps. Stop for a hot chocolate on the way there or back.
Go to Church
Remember the reason we are celebrating Christmas. Read the nativity story from the Bible to the grandchildren, or have them read it to you. Go to church for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and celebrate the Birth of Christ.