Christmas Ornament Keepsakes

Christmas Ornament Keepsakes

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It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it?! One way to invite residents to write about the good things as well as to create a thoughtful gift for family members is to try out this craft.
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It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it?! One way to invite residents to write about the good things as well as to create a thoughtful gift for family members is to try out this craft.

Items needed, per resident:

  • Clear plastic ornament you can open at the top (like these)
  • Paper
  • Pen or marker
  • Ribbon
  • Colorful confetti or paper snowflakes (optional)
  • Paint pen (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut paper into strips
  2. Have resident write down something good that happened this year on each strip of paper. You can also have them write down their favorite things about their family on each strip of paper.
  3. Roll strips of paper individually and tuck them into the ornament.
  4. Put the top on the ornament and tie a ribbon for hanging
  5. If you’d like, you can add colorful confetti into the ornament before you put the top on, remembering that family members will open the ornament to read the slips of paper. A little goes a long way!
  6. If you’d like, use a paint pen to decorate the ornament with a festive saying or drawing.

These ornaments are excellent to do yearly, as they become a time capsule for family members to treasure for years to come.

COVID-19 Adaptation: If you don’t have a family night to pass out the ornaments, you can extend the activity by having residents wrap and package ornaments for you to ship to their family members. Or, you can pass out ornaments during a drive-through holiday event for family members. Finally, don’t worry if you can’t get into large groups quite yet in your community. These ornaments are easy enough to make individually for many residents, which means you can pass out supplies for them to work on in their apartments. A few simple check-ins from your staff to answer questions or help them out is all they will need to complete the project.

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Susan 14th Nov 2020 Activity Director
Good idea Victoria
Victoria 13th Nov 2020 Manager
This is a great idea that I’m going to try and do with my residents. I was thinking for the residents that are not able to communicate or tell us a good thing that happened this year we could maybe put a photo of them inside instead :)
Talita 9th Nov 2020
Thanks so much for your feedback!
Diane 2nd Nov 2020 Activity Coordinator
What a fab idea for residents to give to loved ones at Christmas a lovely personal touch. I will definitely try this nearer to Christmas thanks golden Carers
Alison 28th Oct 2020 Activities Co Ordinator
I think this is a great way to have personal, meaningful decorations. We may will use this for decorations for our own tree. That way, everyone will have contributed to the decorations.
Marlene 26th Oct 2020 Lifestyle Assistant
I like this activity and will surely have our residents make them this Christmas :)
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