No matter what holiday you celebrate in December, it’s a good time to spend time together as a family. The elderly benefit from socialization and grandchildren are great for giving and getting loving attention. As grandchildren gather and spend quality time with grandparents, one way to form a special bond is by reading together.
Here are four popular authors to read over the holiday season. The list includes a good selection for different reading levels, but all of the stories are fun for all ages.
1. Dr. Seuss.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a holiday classic from Dr. Seuss. It has a simple narrative that’s ideal for beginning readers. It also has a strong message regarding how anyone can change and gain the holiday spirit.
After reading the book together as a family, you can put on one of the movies. There’s the Jim Carrey version from 2000 or the original with Boris Karloff from 1966. Your family could also go to the theater and see the new Grinch movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch titled The Grinch.
2. Chris Van Allsburg.
The Polar Express won a Caldecott Medal in 1986. It’s also led to a blockbuster animated film starring Tom Hanks. The story involves a young boy who is given a chance to voyage to the North Pole by train. There, he will make his wish and hope it comes true.
When you’re done reading the book, put on the movie. Make some popcorn and sit back for a fun adventure. Some cities and towns host their own Christmas Polar Express voyages, so you can pair a day trip on a train near your parents.
3. Clement C. Moore.
Twas the Night Before Christmas is a classic that talks about a sleeping family and Santa’s late night visit that catches the attention of the youngsters within.
4. Charles Dickens.
A Christmas Carol is much longer, but it’s a classic that your parents can read in segments to children. The story introduces the miserly Scrooge and the visits from ghosts of his past, present, and future.
There are several movie and TV adaptations of the book. Some are scarier than others, so you’ll want to find the right story for your children. Younger kids can watch the Disney version with Mickey, while older kids may enjoy the comedy take on it starring Bill Murray.
When the holidays are over, make sure your parents remain social. Hire caregivers to be there for social activities, personal care, household chores, and transportation. Call us to learn more about the ways caregivers can help your parents throughout the year.