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12.15.20 | Arts & Culture

Celebrating the December Holiday Season Safely

The December holiday season (like everything else this year) is looking different than usual. With COVID-19 cases spiking this winter, it’s more important than ever to practice safety: always wear a mask, maintain social distance and stay home whenever possible. Traveling and large group gatherings are highly discouraged during COVID-19 — which means many of us are glumly accepting that seeing our family in person isn’t the safest option. But like every challenge this year, there are creative ways we can overcome this obstacle. Below are a few joy-filled ideas on how to celebrate the December holiday season safely:

Get Creative (and Passionate) with Baking

Nothing better fills at-home time (and our bellies) than baking. This holiday season, revisit the family cookbooks for some inspiration and whip up a feast of delicious goods. The best thing about food — it’s meant to be shared. Try organizing a cookie swap with the neighbors on your block by asking everyone to bake their favorites and to drop it off at each other’s doorsteps. Sharing food is a great way to feel like we’re together, even when we’re apart. 

Enjoy Festive Decorations

Holiday decorations are another way we share our joy and excitement with others. Take a walk or drive around the neighborhood to see how your community’s decorative cheer is being displayed. Or join in on the festivities and hang decorations around your own home to express yourself. Going to see festive decorations can also become an exciting excursion with this TimeOut list of lights to see in Chicago.

Make and Exchange Holiday Cards

Holiday cards are an exciting occasion every year, but this year especially, there’s an extra exhilaration to sending and receiving snail mail. Whether it’s a family photo, a fun drawing or a personally written note, make an event out of creating your holiday cards this year. And when they’re done, share them with friends, family and more. Veterans, children’s hospitals and incarcerated folks are also great recipients for holiday cards!

Host a Video-Chat Party

We’re no strangers to Zoom this year. Video chatting platforms are perfect for hosting virtual holiday parties safely. There’s nothing you can’t do with a well-positioned camera — cook together virtually, have dinner together virtually or just hang out. Try spicing up your virtual holiday party with activities like holiday-theme bingo, trivia or sing-alongs. 

No matter the circumstances, people will always find a way to celebrate special moments together. From the Sage Collective team to you, have a happy and safe holiday season!

An array of holiday celebration items, including handmade cards, hot chocolate and seasonal ornaments
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12.10.20 | Arts & Culture

Discover Your New Winter Hobby for Seniors

Cultivating hobbies in older adulthood is a vital part of staying enriched and engaged. We’ve spent our entire lives making others happy, from partners to kids to bosses to friends. Now is the perfect time to indulge in activities for personal happiness and enjoyment, too. That’s why today, we’re talking about the benefits of finding a hobby that suits you — and sharing a few ideas to help get you started.

Fitness Hobbies

As we’ve discussed before, it’s vital that older adults partake in regular, moderate physical activity. Hobbies such as yoga, tai chi, swimming and even gardening are great ways to get those minutes in while also enjoying the task. Choosing these forms of exercise will help transform the experience of working out from a chore to a treat. 

Social Activities

Loneliness and social isolation are major challenges older adults face. Incorporating social activities into your life is a great way to meet new people and learn new things at the same time. Consider joining a choir, a local senior bowling (or other leisurely sport) league, taking a dancing class or even getting together for a game of cards every once and awhile.

Mental Engagements

One major benefit of hobbies is the opportunity to stimulate and engage your mind. For those that love a good challenge, or like to be whisked away in a story, try picking up a good novel from your library or grappling with a puzzle in the newspaper. Mentally engaging hobbies and activities are even proven to help keep your memory sharp.

Artistic Pursuits

For those seeking to express their artistic side, there are many artist hobbies available. For those that are good with their hands, knitting, crocheting or quilting are all exciting pursuits. Painting, drawing and scrapbooking are great ways to get creative and to create keepsakes, too. And for the wordsmiths among us, writing counts as an artform too!

There’s a hobby out there for everyone. Keep looking and trying new things until you find one that’s the right fit for you!

Three African American older adults smile together, wearing aprons at a painting class
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