The holiday season is the time of magic moments. Our hearts are waiting for something wondrous and special to happen. Children dream of meeting Santa Claus and receive desirable presents. I’m sure that grandparents are waiting for their kids’ and grandchildren’s visit. Although modern people have new traditions, values and preferences, I think that the tradition to show honor to your parents and grandparents will last forever since a family is the cradle of your soul.
Grandparent’s house seems to be the best place to relax and behave naturally, because their notice only positive traits of your character. The holidays spent with your grandparents make your family stronger and happier.
If your holiday schedule is tightly packed and you have no opportunity to dedicate one day to your family circle, then you should find at least two hours to pay a visit to your grandparents. Don’t forget about those who love you and you’ll be able to have a good time during the holiday week.
1. Just to hug and say that you love them
We often forget about tenderness, kind words and about three magic words ‘I love you.’ Love is not a sign of weakness and our grandparents deserve to hear these pleasant and healing words. Don’t feel shy of showing and proving your love.
Psychologists say that generation gap can be the reason of partial or complete misunderstanding between grandparents and their descendants, but we should try to understand them and overcome communication barriers. They aren’t as cool and modern as we are, because their generation has radically different views on this life. Your hug and a frank smile can be the best remedy from different diseases for your dear grandparents.
2. They need help and support
Old people are very sensible and vulnerable creatures. They need both physical and mental supports. Younger people should be patient enough to pay attention, hear out and don’t let their grandparents feel too old, lonely and useless. There’re hundreds of ideas on how to make something good and useful for your grandparents. The best one is to bring a fresh and bushy Christmas tree to their house. Do your best to decorate it with lights and ribbons. Encourage your grandparents to do it together.
Moreover, don’t forget to help your grandparents clean the house. They often lack energy to do it themselves. My grandpa is a man who adores playing a good knife and fork. Every year I help my granny to cook a great number of delicious dishes, because I know that it’s my moral responsibility. When I cook my favorite Thanksgiving turkey, my grandpa feels the happiest person in the world.
3. Show them that you’re successful
Once, my granny revealed a secret. She told me that the happiness and prosperity of the whole family were the main dream and priority of her life. Every time I reach new goals and open up new vistas, I see that my success warms the cockles of my grandparent’s hearts. They do care about our present and future, because they carry the responsibility for the life of their descendants.
Every person dreams to leave a good heritage. I also feel the responsibility for my family and I try to become rich, clever and strong enough to help them overcome life difficulties and feel secure. The main thing is to resist the megalomania and not to forget your humble roots. Try to visit your grandparents as much as possible. They’ll never envy, because they’re the dearest and the most sincere people of your life. When they see that you’re okay, their hearts beat steadily and smoothly.
4. This may be the last holiday season in their life
Unfortunately, people are like candles. The light of their eyes can die out in a moment. Chances are high that their hearts will stop one nasty day. Why do we begin to value things when we lose them? I know that not everyone can answer this challenging question.
People tend to devote themselves to amusements, because they bring them more joy and fun. We should realize that night clubs and parties bring only short-term satisfaction. Healthy relationships and mutual understanding should be the main priority in your life. I hope the God will help your grandparents live a long and happy life, but you have to visit, support and express gratitude to them as well, because you’re their future hope.
5. They’re the source of your family wisdom
Grandparents are the wisest members of your family. They’ve gone through difficulties many times in their lives. They’ve brought up your parents and filled the life of your family with values, traditions and colorful moments. If you don’t know how to act or behave in one or another situation, you may ask your grandparents for a valuable advice. The holiday season is a perfect occasion to pay a visit, spend some time together and talk various things over with your grandma or grandpa.
6. Organize a feast for their souls
Your visit is already a feast for the hearts of your grandparents. The evening spent in a pleasant circle of a big family makes their eyes shine like stars. My favorite family activity is to watch family photos with my grandparents. I adore seeing them happy and listening to their funny jokes. Furthermore, I cannot visit them without little surprises. I often prepare Christmas presents in advance, because I prefer to make handmade gifts. If handicraft is not your pair of shoes, then store-bought gift can save the situation.
I hope this week will bring a lot of joyous moments and positive emotions to children, parents and their grandparents. If you have already decided to have a Christmas party with the best friends, then try to spend Thanksgiving Day within the family circle.
Don’t forget to treat grandparents with respect, because they’re an essential part of your family. Do you need a reason or occasion to visit your older family members? Do you have any other ideas on how to make your grandparents happy? Share your thoughts and tips with us, please.