The holiday season is all about love, laughter, and creating precious memories. When a dear friend or family member is going through cancer treatment, these moments take on extra significance. So, how can you incorporate your loved one into Thanksgiving and Holiday traditions, making sure they're part of the festive fun? We're here to share some ideas to do just that.
Mix Up the Holiday Feasts
Holidays and food are like peanut butter and jelly, a classic combo. But when your loved one is in the midst of cancer treatment, their taste buds may dance to a different tune. Keep things delicious and considerate by whipping up some alternative dishes, such as:
- Soups and stews that won't upset sensitive stomachs – think broth based, salty but not spicy like classic chicken noodle or matzo ball soups.
- Veggie mash that's easy on the chewing – mashed potatoes and green been casseroles are great for those with chemo-induced sensitive mouths
- Desserts with less sugar, just as sweet – alas, sooooo many care teams advise against high sugar diets. While a treat here and there is generally fine, providing a healthier alternative to the mountain of baked goods is a welcome option. Rice pudding and baked apples topped with cinnamon and yogurt are great options.
Chat with your loved one about their food preferences and remember that accommodating their tastes shows you care.
Set the Cozy Vibe
The holiday atmosphere is all about warm and fuzzy feelings, so create a comforting ambiance. Here's how:
- Make sure there are cozy seats and snuggly blankets because naps are always welcome.
- Soft lighting, gentle decorations, and a loving atmosphere will help them relax and enjoy.
- Pop on their favorite soothing tunes or choose holiday classics to set the mood.
Creating a snug and inclusive environment will help your loved one feel embraced and cherished during the holiday festivities.
Add a Dash of Inclusive Fun
Incorporate your loved one into your holiday activities but keep it easy-going. Some ideas include:
- Crafting: Host a laid-back crafting session to create ornaments, decorate stockings, or whip up holiday cards. No need for Picasso-level skills; it's all about fun.
- Puzzles: Clear off the dining table and top it with a 500+ piece puzzle. Collaborating and chatting over a holiday puzzle can be both low-intensity and easy for all to enjoy at the same time.
- Share Stories: Encourage storytelling and reminiscing. Swap tales of family legends, holiday memories, and the occasional hilarious mishap.
- Movie Nights: Kick back and enjoy movie nights with their favorite films or timeless holiday classics. Set up a comfy viewing spot with plenty of pillows and blankets.
Sneak in R&R
Remember, your loved one in the midst of cancer treatment might need a little downtime to recharge. Ensure they have a chill spot and offer to help out with tasks so they can take it easy. Think cozy chairs, soft music, and a welcoming atmosphere where they can rest if they need to.
Incorporating your loved one undergoing cancer treatments into Thanksgiving and Holiday festivities is all about love, joy, and shared memories. By cooking up alternative meals, creating a cozy environment, planning easy-going activities, and providing space for rest and relaxation, you'll make the holidays a wonderful, light-hearted experience for everyone. Just remember, it's the warmth and togetherness that truly make the holiday season special, and by keeping it fun and caring, you're sure to create precious, heartwarming moments.