One of the most important things to remember during the hustle and bustle of the season is to take the time to really think about what makes the season special to you and to your parents. 

Evaluate your to-do list-
Spend some time thinking about what holiday traditions make your celebration special, then ask your parents what traditions are important to them.  You might be surprised that some of the things you are adding to your to-do list aren’t as important as you thought they were.

Examine the challenges of travel and see if there are some alternatives. 
As parents age, it often becomes difficult and even dangerous for them to get out and about like they once did. What creative ideas can you come up with that can cut eliminate the risks?  Can you make a phone call and express how important it is to your parents for them to see that someone special and ask them to make plans to visit instead?  You might be surprised who would make the trip if they just realized how important and difficult it is for your parents to travel this year.

One last thing can make a big difference in your celebration this year. 

Take the time to define what a successful holiday season looks for you and for your parents.  Being specific can take some pressure off.

 I pray you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season and a Blessed Christmas!

Rayna Neises: A Season of Caring