Welcome, Activities Professionals, to the season of sparkling lights, heartfelt traditions, and global celebrations! Let’s curate a tapestry of activities that honor the richness of holidays this month. From Hanukkah to the final countdown on New Year's Eve, here's how we can bring the joy of worldwide festivities to our community.
Hanukkah: Spinning the Dreidel of Tradition
Immerse your residents in the rich traditions of Hanukkah with a themed game night. Play our holiday games and then travel to Jerusalem and take part in our Scavenger Hunt. Introduce dreidel spinning competitions, and engage everyone in crafting sessions to make their own dreidels and menorahs. Set up a storytelling circle where residents can share their Hanukkah stories, fostering warmth and community spirit.
Christmas: A Carol of Joy
Transform your community into a festive Christmas haven. Organize a Holiday Sing-A-Long on RESTORE-Wellness and set the stage for a heartwarming karaoke night. On Christmas Day, cozy up for a marathon of classic movies. Ensure everyone feels connected by arranging video calls for residents to send festive greetings to their loved ones.
Kwanzaa: Weaving a Tapestry of Heritage
Embrace the cultural significance of Kwanzaa by setting up an educational and interactive "Kwanzaa Corner." Use Visit Familiar Places to explore the continent of Africa. Each day, highlight one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa through engaging discussions, storytelling, and displays.
New Year's Eve: Toasting to Togetherness
Play the different decades of Trivia Night and discuss where your residents where at that time. Ring in the New Year with a "Resolution Tree" where residents can hang their wishes for the year ahead.
Memorable Moments Throughout the Month
Be Buddy the Elf Day: Channel the infectious energy of Buddy the Elf by playing holiday games on RESTORE. Encourage residents to embody the joy and enthusiasm of Buddy, by using or creating red or green controllers. Screen the movie "Elf" and spread laughter and Christmas cheer throughout your community.
Holiday Tournament: Get into the competitive spirit with a holiday-themed games tournament. Hae your residents select the holiday games. Learn and encourage laughter and teamwork, ensuring that everyone joins in the fun.
Christmas Eve Cookies & Games: Invite residents to roll up their sleeves for a cookie decorating contest, with a spread of icing, sprinkles, and edible glitter for creative expression. Pair this with holiday-themed RESTORE games for an evening of strategy, fun, and festive teamwork
Let's make this December a celebration of global traditions, creating a journey through the holidays around the world right in our community. Engage the senses, honor traditions, and most importantly, foster the joy and togetherness that define this time of year. Here's to a month of wonder, warmth, and worldwide celebration!
P.S. We'd love to hear about the creative ways you're using RESTORE-Wellness. Post in the RESTORE Game Changers, skilled-care professional Facebook group and let the world see your genius!
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