Blog Post Published November 2010

Special Days in December

Happy Festive Season!

As the year draws to a close, I feel guilty that I haven't used the Golden Carers blog half as much as I would have liked to. Alas, if only there were more hours in the day! I am grateful to my colleagues who visited the blog and contributed to it.

So, here we are in December again, a busy and happy month for all of us, I hope.

December 1 - Hanukkah
Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights starts on December 1. The symbol of Hanukkah is the seven branched candelabra called Menorah which is lit for the eight days of the festival. Gifts are exchanged and special food prepared. It is a time for rejoicing and if you have clients from the Jewish faith, assist them in celebrating this important date. I have written a brief version of the story behind Hanukkah for those not acquainted with it.

December 5 - International Volunteer Day
On December 5 we have the annual International Volunteer Day. Organise an afternoon or morning tea for your volunteers and present them with a 'Certificate of Appreciation' and if possible, a small gift. Here are some resources:

Christians around the world have much more to celebrate in December than just Christmas; December 6 is St Nicholas day; the real Santa Claus. Many European countries observe this date. Santa Lucia's day, celebrated on December 13 is an important prequel to Christmas in many parts of the world. We also have St Stephens Day on December 26; he is venerated in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox Churches. In fact, St Stephens Day is a National holiday in Italy, Ireland and Finland. Be sensitive and alert to the cultural diversity in your facility; it goes hand in hand with social cohesion.

I have added a few more activities for Christmas; I hope you enjoy them.

Christmas Angel (Standing)

- includes video instructions!

Christmas decorations with Salt Dough

- includes video instructions!

Popsicle Christmas Stars

Christmas templates for colouring-in

Stained Glass Window Christmas Decorations

Recycled Christmas Card Tree Ornaments

Recycled Jigsaw Christmas Trees

Christmas Baskets with recycled Doilies

Evergreen Hanging Christmas Trees

Recycled Magazine Christmas Trees

- includes video instructions!

Wooden Branch Christmas Trees

Here's some Christmas trivia:

Don't forget to take a look at the Christmas Tips for Recreation Therapists post for more ideas at Christmas time and take time to reflect on the very special role you play in the lives of those you care for: Thumbs Up for the Recreation Therapy Community!

I am looking forward to sharing more ideas with you in the coming year.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year.

Happy holidays!

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