Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff was a Hollywood legend, leading singer, and animal welfare advocate. She left us on May 13 at the age of 97. Doris Day, the typical all-American girl, passed away after contracting a serious case of pneumonia. She was surrounded by loved ones, including her “precious four-leggers,” as she passed.
Herein we offer an opinion as to the best loved Christmas movies. This is just one view.
Other contenders include Scrooged, Miracle on 34th Street, Bad Santa, The Muppet Christmas Carol and A Christmas Carol.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Few films define Christmas like Frank Capra’s 1946 fantasy starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who, on the verge of committing suicide, is visited by an angel who shows him the true importance of his life.
Many gift-giving holidays surface this time of year: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, Eid-al-Adha, and Diwali, to name a few. It’s a time of love, obligations, and equality. It’s a time of love expressed by sharing gifts given for the sheer pleasure of seeing the sheer pleasure in the recipient. It’s a time of obligation when you feel you have to give Uncle Gaspar a present because, after all, it is Christmas, and he’s related in some mysterious way that even Henry Louis Gates, Jr., can’t trace. It’s a time of equality when you hope Cousin Itt gives you a gift card equal in value to the one you got him.
You may already from time to time have the grandkids help with cooking. What about getting them more involved in the whole process. Teach them why you use certain spices instead of just having them dump the spice in the mix. You can plan a whole family meal together and do all the cooking yourselves (start small). Go through the whole process of planning, shopping, prepping, cooking and serving the meal. Oh, and don’t forget about the clean-up.
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“I’m homesick! I’m homesick!” “But you’re at home!” “I know — and I’m sick of it!” A house is not the same as a home. That’s not just true in the dictionary — it’s true in our lives. Turtles and snails aren’t the only ones who carry their homes with them; we do it too! Holidays are home times. Like the pillow says, “All hearts come home for Christmas.” Home is the place where you feel comfortable. The physical location can change over time. Home could be a barracks, a tent, a trailer, a cell, or a hotel room. In a sense, any place in which you are housed can become a home, even temporarily, if you have the right attitude and the right companions.