Want to shower fellow assisted living residents in Arlington with kindness and joy over the holidays? You don't need to come bearing a sack of gifts to make the season merry and bright for yourself and others, but it does help if you get ready to shed any Grinch-like habits. Here are four ways you can celebrate the Advent season at Bethesda Gardens in Arlington, Texas.
1. Deck the Halls
Seasonal decorations are a physical show of the joy and excitement that comes with Christmas. There's even some science floating around that says decorating for the holidays can improve mood and happiness.
While the staff at Bethesda Gardens might have specific times or days set aside for decorating the common areas, you don't have to wait to deck the walls and halls in your own assisted living apartment. From a space-appropriate Christmas tree to a wreath on your door, take time to make your space joyful.
Remember to follow basic safety guidelines and reach out to the assisted living staff for assistance or if you have questions.
2. Rock Around the Christmas Tree
Christmas music is an important part of the season for many. You can enjoy carols in numerous ways in your senior living community. Play CDs of your favorite Christmas music as you relax in your own apartment, or gather in common areas for singing and caroling with friends. Consider planning a "song exchange" where friends teach each other favorite carols or special songs from their childhood.
You might also venture outside of Bethesda Gardens to take part in community caroling or visit local churches to hear cantatas.
3. Go Tell It On the Mountain
Bethesda Gardens in Arlington is a faith-based community, which means many residents will be celebrating Jesus as the reason for the season. For Christian residents, the ability to share the Greatest Story Ever Told is essential to a merry Christmas.
Consider getting involved in the gospel message of Christmas via special holiday-themed Bible studies, participation in community worship and devotions or visiting nearby churches to see their children's or congregational Christmas programs.
4. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (and Ladies)
Finally, remember that you don't have to stay busy every minute of the holiday season. Even in the assisted living community, schedules can become crammed from Thanksgiving to Christmas, so be intentional about scheduling rest times. You'll be glad you took time for yourself so you can better enjoy your time with others. Plus, it's important to pause for some time during all the hustle to be thankful to God for the gifts he bestows on you this season and in other times of your life — most of all the gift of a baby in a manger so many, many years ago.