When It’s Just You and Your Caree, How Do You Celebrate a Holiday?

Tammy, one of our Facebook fans, posed a question on our page:

As usual, no one will be up for Thanksgiving. Any ideas on how to make it seem like an actual holiday for my folks? It’s the same with Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July.

What do you suggest? When it’s just you and your caree, how do you celebrate a holiday so it feels like a holiday? Please share your thoughts and suggestions in our comments section, below.

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7 Comments on "When It’s Just You and Your Caree, How Do You Celebrate a Holiday?"


Guest
G-J
Nov 1, 2011

If possible, invite friends, neighbors or other people who have no place to go to join you for the holiday. You can make it a potluck event. You could host an open house in advance of the holiday and have people come over then.

Guest
Nov 1, 2011

Even though no one else will be there for dinner, make it special by using the “good” china/tableware. Use a tablecloth and candles (if possible) and make the house look festive with decorations, etc. For Thanksgiving, Tammy could even make traditional food (which may be too much work, depending on her situation). Even if her parents can’t eat it, the house would smell different than normal. It doesn’t have to be a lot of extra work but just having a meal and decor a little different than normal will make the day seem special. Please wish Tammy a Happy Thanksgiving for me!

Guest
Nov 2, 2011

I agree with all above. Even a chocolate turkey or turkey soup while talking turkey stories will make the day out of the ordinary. This is a great day to use an old favorite glass, bowl or spoon.

Guest
Nov 2, 2011

One other tradition my family has (and it can work with 2 people or 40), is use a white sheet or tablecloth for the table and leave colored permanent markers around the table. People can draw or write (or we’ve even played tic-tac-toe!) on the tablecloth. I have several from year’s past and set them out during the holiday. It’s fun to do and fun to go back to see the pictures or what people wrote. It might be fun for Tammy to do this with her parents.