Have you ever thought that you really should write down memories and stories shared by your aging parents or grandparents? Recording memories is a great way to extend your listening ear to an aging loved one. Sharing shows you are interested in their past and what has created the person they are today.
With busy schedules, well intended visits may become rushed. You never quite get around to sitting and listening, much less recording what is shared. The holiday season is a great opportunity to weave in time for sharing memories.
Often seniors are interested in sharing their traditions. Traditions such as hanging lights on a tree, decorating cookies, lighting the menorah, or making latkes together are some common memories shared by families.
Many times holiday traditions are rooted not only in religion, but also in culture. They may serve as a link to the country of your grandparent's origin. Consider weaving in their experiences while creating your own family traditions.