December 2013 Senior Activity Calendar

This calendar provides interesting and meaningful activities that you can easily add to your current December senior activity calendar. For each day, find senior activity ideas that can lead to creative activities in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Fun Activity Ideas for December
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December is ...

  • Bingo's Birthday Month
  • National Tie Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  • Spiritual Literacy Month

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  • Day With(out) Art, an international day to raise awareness about AIDS and to support artists living with AIDS
  • James Naismith created the game of basketball (1891)
  • Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama (1955)

Crafts: Holiday House

Encourage residents to create a holiday house for your facility, in which each interested residents decorate a room for the house (e.g., kitchen, bedroom, bathroom). Supply residents with small cardboard boxes along with wallpaper and upholstery samples that can be donated from local design stores. Once residents are finished, stack the boxes together to make a house, and then string white lights throughout each of the rooms. Consider decorating the house with doll furniture.

Christmas Science Project

How long does a Christmas tree last? Encourage residents to participate in a science project on this "Day With(out) Art". For the project, set up three mini pine trees (about 12 inches tall). Have three different teams of residents see how long their Christmas trees last by preserving their trees in three different ways. Have Team A simply water their tree. Have Team B make a water and aspirin solution for their tree. Have Team C (with the help of staff members) make fresh cuts on the base of their tree every few days. Encourage residents to continue preserving their trees to see which one lasts the longest.

Basketball Tournament

Encourage residents to play one another in indoor basketball as you recognize this day that James Naismith created the game. Have residents play in teams while sitting down. Provide a basket (e.g., wastebasket) and ball (Nerf ball or piece of balled-up paper) for residents to play with. Keep score as you root on the residents.

History in Review Social

Reminisce about this day in history when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Ask residents where they were when they heard the news. Serve warm apple pie as a snack.

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  • Hanukkah (November 28 - December 5, begins at sundown on November 27)
  • Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned emperor of France (1804)

Jewish Culture

Share information about Jewish culture with your residents during this Hanukkah season.

Learn a New Language

In honor of Napoleon Bonaparte being crowned emperor on this day in France, teach residents basic French words. Recruit a resident who speaks French to assist.

Bingo Bonanza Social

Celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month by hosting a facility-wide bingo party. Invite residents and family members to come and have fun playing bingo. Serve warm chocolate chip cookies as a snack.

Hanukkah Celebration Dinner

Host a special dinner for Jewish residents to celebrate Hanukkah. Coordinate with Dining Services to serve appropriate fried foods or foods baked in oil.

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  • First human heart transplant (1967)
  • Hanukkah (November 28 - December 5, begins at sundown on November 27)
  • Illinois became the 21st state (1818)

Heart Healthy Breakfast

Recognize the first human heart transplant on this day by supplying residents with a heart healthy breakfast. Work with Dining Services to provide heart healthy foods such as oatmeal and blueberries, yogurt with granola, whole wheat pancakes, or egg white omelets.

Hanukkah Art

During Hanukkah, show slides or a DVD to residents about the different artwork relating to the Hanukkah holiday, or a DVD about the Festival of Lights, like A Taste of Chanukah (1999). Borrow the DVD from your local library or video store.

Tree Trimming Social

Invite residents to help you decorate your facility's holiday trees. Play holiday music and serve holiday cookies as a snack.

Happy Hanukkah Happy Hour

Celebrate these last days of Hanukkah by sharing Jewish traditions during the holiday season. Serve latkes and sour cream as a snack.

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  • Lighting of Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City
  • Mary Celeste ship found sailing erratically without anyone on board, and without anyone ever being found (1872)
  • National Cookie Cutter Week (December 1-7)
  • National Cookie Day

Baking Club: Gingerbread Cookies

Using cookie cutters on this National Cookie Day, encourage residents to jump into the holiday spirit by making delicious gingerbread cookies.

Whodunit? Mystery

Host a special whodunit? mystery on this day that the Mary Celeste ship was found sailing erratically with no one on board - and with no one ever found! Assign characters to the residents and have them read their roles, and then guess "whodunit?"

Show & Tell Social

During this National Cookie Cutter Week, host a "show and tell" program and invite residents to bring or talk about the cookie cutters they have used. If possible, invite someone from your community, possibly an antiques dealer, to come and show off their cookie cutters. Serve the gingerbread cookies made earlier today by the Baking Club.

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Nightcap

Invite residents to the Activity Room to watch the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree on television. Serve holiday cookies and eggnog as a snack. Check your local listings for the time of the ceremony.

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  • Abbott and Costello's famous television debut (1952)
  • Honor society Phi Beta Kappa was founded (1776)
  • Prohibition ended (1933)

Crafts: Black Tie Fitting

For this National Tie Month, have residents assist you with making black ties for the men in your facility to wear for the December 6 Black Tie Dinner. Use a black satin ribbon to make the ties.

Holiday Play

In honor of Abbott and Costello's famous television show's debut on this day, invite the Drama Club of your facility to put on a fun holiday skit for residents.

Phi Beta Kappa Trivia

Use one of your trivia books to test the knowledge of your residents on this day that the honor society Phi Beta Kappa was founded.

Hot Toddy Social

Serve up a special hot toddy for residents as you celebrate this day that Prohibition ended. Play fun music and encourage residents to dance.

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  • St. Nicholas Day

Holiday Cards

Invite residents to make beautiful holiday cards to send to loved ones.

Quilting Patches

Invite residents to organize patches for a winter quilt, to be made on December 9. Encourage residents to create a design using quilting patches that you can purchase at your local fabric store.

St. Nicholas Social

During this holiday season, share the history of St. Nicholas on this St. Nicholas Day and how it has evolved. Serve eggnog and Christmas cookies.

Black Tie Dinner

Have fun this National Tie Month by hosting a Black Tie dinner for residents. Encourage residents to dress up for the event, and make sure that the men wear collared shirts so that they can wear the black ties that were made on December 5. Coordinate with Dining Services to provide a fun, delicious meal.

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  • Attack on Pearl Harbor (1941)
  • Delaware became the 1st state (1787)
  • National Cotton Candy Day

Deck the Halls

Encourage residents to assist you with making fun holiday garland for the hallways of your facility.

Pearl Harbor Dedication

Show residents a documentary about Pearl Harbor and the start of World War II on this day that Pearl Harbor was attacked. Borrow the documentary Pearl Harbor: Commemorative Edition (2000) from your local library or video store.

Holiday Carnival

Invite residents to play games and win small prizes that they can use as holiday gifts. Set up two or three fun holiday games in your Activity Room, like "Ring Toss" (using a Santa Claus or a snowman as the object to throw the ring around) or Dreidel (using a four-sided spinning top usually played during Hanukkah). Be sure to serve cotton candy on this National Cotton Candy Day.

Wine & Cheese & Bing Social

Play classic Bing Crosby holiday tunes as you serve residents wine and cheese. Encourage residents to dance and celebrate the holiday season.

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Crafts: Gingerbread House

Add an intergenerational program by inviting residents and their grandkids or great-grandkids to create gingerbread houses today. Supply residents with gingerbread kits.

Baking Club: Red Velvet Cake

Encourage residents to bake a delicious red velvet cake for all residents to taste.

Toy Testers

Invite little toy testers to your facility during this Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Collect donated toys from staff members and their families. Set the toys out and invite the grandkids and great-grandkids of the residents to stop by to be "toy testers" and play with the toys. Encourage residents to play with the little ones.

Holiday Sing Along Social

Play holiday music and encourage residents to sing along. Pass out song lyrics to the residents. As a snack, serve the red velvet cake made earlier today by the Baking Club.

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Staying Fit

Encourage residents to stay fit this holiday season by walking throughout your facility. Start a Walking Club if you do not already have one.

Winter Quilt

Persuade residents to make a quilt based upon the design made during the Quilting Patches activity on December 6. Supply residents with cardboard as a base to tape their quilting patches to in order to hang on the wall.

Manicures & Make-up Social

Help residents get ready for the big Holiday Ball this evening by giving manicures and helping residents with their make-up. Invite a make-up consultant to stop by and give a free session to residents. Serve residents warm cocoa with marshmallows.

Holiday Ball

Invite residents to dress in their best holiday attire to attend this annual event. Book a band to come and perform for residents. Coordinate with Dining Services to serve holiday appetizers and drinks.

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  • Birthday: Emily Dickinson, poet (1830)
  • Mississippi became the 20th state (1817)
  • Nobel Prize awards ceremonies in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden

Name That Holiday Tune

Play the first few notes of a holiday song and have residents guess which song it is. Play the rest of the song as residents sing along.

Beach Party in December

Host a fun beach party in your Activity Room on this cold day. Invite residents to wear their sunshades as they enjoy the "indoor heat". Set up a net and have residents play beach volleyball with a balloon. Play summertime music and serve fruity drinks with umbrellas.

Mr. & Mrs. Smarty-pants

Crown Mr. & Mrs. Smarty-pants on this day that the Nobel Prize is given out, by giving out a Nobel Prize for trivia to the male and female who answer the most trivia questions correctly. Award the winners with small trophies.

Poetry & Prose Social

Read holiday poems to residents as you recognize poet Emily Dickinson's birthday today. Serve literary snacks such as tea and cookies.

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  • English Prince Edward VIII voluntarily abdicated his throne to marry divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson (1936)
  • Indiana became the 19th state (1816)

Morning Devotions

For this Spiritual Literacy Month, gather interested residents as you read the daily passage from a spiritual devotions book. Serve coffee and hot tea. Consider starting a Morning Devotions Club.

Writing Holiday Cards & Notes

Invite residents to write holiday wishes to their loved ones. Supply residents with holiday cards and envelopes. Encourage those residents who made Holiday Cards on December 6, to address them and mail them to loved ones.

Holiday Choir

Invite a local high school choir to sing for your residents. Schedule the trip with the school's band teacher.

Reminiscence & Tea Social

Pour residents a spot of tea as you reminisce about English monarch Edward VIII, who voluntarily abdicated his throne on this day to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson. Serve hot tea and crumpets (biscuits).

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  • Birthday: Frank Sinatra, singer (1915)
  • Pennsylvania became the 2nd state (1787)
  • Poinsettia Day

Crafts: Poinsettias

On this Poinsettia Day, invite residents to make beautiful poinsettias for decoration.

Baking Club: Bake Sale Goodies

For this afternoon's bake sale, encourage residents to bake goodies, like soft gingersnaps, cranberry orange cookies, and Christmas strawberry bread.

Holiday Bake Sale

Let everyone know that your facility is having a bake sale to raise money for a local charity. Invite residents, family members, and staff to come spend a quarter or two on the delicious goodies made earlier today by the Baking Club.

Ol' Blue Eyes Social

Play Frank Sinatra music all afternoon as you serve champagne and birthday cake to celebrate Frank Sinatra's birthday today.

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  • George Gershwin's An American in Paris debuted by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (1928)

Gift Wrapping Paper

Encourage residents to make unique and beautiful wrapping paper to use to wrap holiday presents.

Speaker Series

Invite your facility's nurse to speak to residents about the importance of staying hydrated during the winter months.

Gift Wrapping Social

Have residents wrap empty boxes with the wrapping paper made today in Crafts. Place the wrapped "gifts" around the facility for decoration. Serve hot cocoa to residents.

Movie Night: An American in Paris

Celebrate George Gershwin's An American in Paris debut today by the New York Philharmonic. Show the movie An American in Paris (1951) with Gene Kelly.

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  • Alabama became the 22nd state (1819)
  • National Velvet, featuring Elizabeth Taylor, opened (1944)
  • Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz announced his retirement (1999)

Name That Spouse

Have a fun afternoon guessing the husbands of Elizabeth Taylor on this day that the movie National Velvet opened with the 12-year-old actress.

Angel Tree

Organize a gift donation with a local kids' charity. Have the charity give you a list of boys' and girls' names (e.g., ten names) and the one gift that they want for Christmas (e.g., Barbie doll, toy dump truck). Set up a small tree with Angel Card ornaments (simply a card with a string attached that lists the child's name and the gift they requested). Encourage residents, family members, and staff to pick a card and buy that child their requested Christmas gift. Have the resident or staff member wrap their gift. Donate all the wrapped gifts to the charity before Christmas. Ensure that all your Angel Cards have been taken by residents and staff (i.e., if you have ten Angel Cards on your tree, make sure that you give the charity ten gifts so that all the kids have a gift).

Stocking Stuffers

Play a fun game with residents while delivering their holiday stocking stuffers to them at the same time! Invite all residents to attend. Buy gifts for all of the residents coming to the activity, making sure that all of the gifts are different. (This is easy to do by going to the Dollar Store.) Wrap each one. Place numbers in a hat for each resident to pick, ensuring that the numbers in the hat correlate to the number of residents at the activity (e.g., if you have 30 residents at the activity, have numbers 1 - 30 in the hat, and have 30 wrapped gifts on a table). Have each resident pull a number from the hat. After everyone has a number, ask the resident who has pulled number 1 to pick a gift from the table (one of the 30 wrapped gifts). Have them open the gift and hold it up for everyone to see. Then move on to whomever picked number 2. Have that person EITHER take the gift that was unwrapped by the person with number 1 or pick a new gift from the table, unwrap it, and hold it up for everyone to see. If the person with number 2 decides to take the gift from the person with number 1, then the person with number 1 must pick another gift from the table, unwrap it, and hold it up for everyone to see. Then, you would move on to the person with number 3. In actuality, the person who picks number 30 from the hat will have his choice of all 30 gifts because he gets to choose any of the gifts already unwrapped or pick the last unwrapped gift from the table.

Peanuts Social

Have fun as you give each resident a pad of paper and pencil and ask them to sketch a character from the Peanuts gang in honor of Charlie Brown and Snoopy cartoonist Charles M. Schulz announcing his retirement on this day. Encourage residents to pass around their sketches when done. Serve peanuts as a snack.

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  • Bill of Rights ratified (1791)

Crafts: Christmas Stockings

Encourage residents to decorate their Christmas stockings. Help residents hang them on their apartment doors as decoration.

Baking Club: Holiday Cake

Encourage residents to whip up a tasty holiday cake to serve at the afternoon social.

Bill of Rights Day Quiz

Test your residents' knowledge about the Bill of Rights by quizzing them about its history on this Bill of Rights Day. For instance, ask residents about which freedoms are covered by the First Amendment. (Answer: freedoms of religion, speech, press, and assembly.)

Twelve Days of Christmas Social

Encourage residents to sing the Twelve Days of Christmas and other holiday songs at this social. Serve eggnog and the holiday cake made by the Baking Club earlier today.

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  • Birthday: Jane Austen, novelist (1775)
  • Boston Tea Party (1773)

Red Hat Ladies Volunteer Project

Encourage your red hatters to collect donations of unused coats and new toys for less fortunate kids in your community. Assist them with delivering the collections.

Red Suspenders Men's Club: Picking Out a Holiday Tree

Recruit your facility's men (decked out in their red suspenders) to go to a nearby nursery to pick out a small tree that is still planted in a container. Have the men decorate the tree as "The Men's Holiday Tree" with decorations to their liking, like popcorn garland. After the holidays, have the men plant the tree in the facility's yard.

Literary Moment

Celebrate English novelist Jane Austen's birthday today by sharing interesting quotes of her work.

Boston Tea Party Social

Invite residents to have tea and pastries as they celebrate the historic Boston Tea Party that happened on this day. Serve an array of specialty teas for the residents.

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  • Cold (Full) Moon
  • Wright Brothers' first flight (1903)

This Day in History

Show the documentary Wright Brothers' Flying Machine: Nova (2004) in honor of the brothers' first flight on this day. Borrow the documentary from your local library or video store.

Christmas Tree Skirt

Invite the residents to make a Christmas tree skirt for your facility's Christmas tree.

Jingle Bells Social

Encourage residents to come jingle to holiday music. Play holiday music and pass out instruments so residents can play and sing along. Consider creating instruments out of everyday items around your facility. Serve warm cookies as a snack.

Cold (Full) Moon Nightcap

Tonight, have residents take a look at the Cold (Full) Moon, named by Native Americans because of the shorter days and colder nights. Set up a telescope near a large window for residents to sneak a peek after dark. Serve cookies and punch as a late night snack.

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  • Birthday: Betty Grable, actress (1916)
  • Birthday: Steven Spielberg, film director (1947)
  • New Jersey became the 3rd state (1787)

Make a Movie Today!

Recognize movie director Steven Spielberg's birthday today by having residents create a holiday movie. Loan your Activity camera to residents so that they can "film" what is going on in your facility. Once done, upload the movie onto your computer and invite residents to your office for a screening.

Holiday Bazaar

Invite local small vendors to sell their wares at your facility so residents (and staff) can do their holiday shopping.

Pin-Up Girl

Celebrate "Pin-Up Girl" Betty Grable's birthday today by creating pin-up posters using your residents' pictures. Print out various pin-up posters. Cut out the face and replace it with a picture of a resident. Photocopy the poster and give it to the resident to hang up.

Boardwalk Social

Take a "trip" down the Atlantic City boardwalk as you honor this day that New Jersey became the 3rd state. Set up a couple of checker boards for residents to play one another. Serve salt water taffy as a snack.

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  • Birthday: Edith Piaf, cabaret singer (1915)
  • Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was published (1843)
  • National Hockey League opened its first season (1917)

Crafts: Holiday Ornaments

Encourage residents to make holiday ornaments like paper angels, craft stick Santas, or Christmas tree ornaments for decoration.

Movie Matinee: A Christmas Carol

Show the movie A Christmas Carol (1951) starring Alastair Sim on this day that Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol was published.

Broom Hockey

Invite residents for a fun game of broom hockey using brooms and a blown-up balloon on this day that the National Hockey League opened its first season.

Cabaret Party Social

Honor French cabaret singer Edith Piaf's birthday today by having a cabaret party. Play fun cabaret music and encourage residents to dance. Serve French appetizers, like pastries and strong coffee.

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  • It's A Wonderful Life premiered (1946)

Christmas Around the World

Share with residents how other countries celebrate this holiday season.

Christmas Caroling

Invite residents to gather in the Activity Room to sing Christmas carols.

Make a Christmas List Social

Have fun with residents and talk about all the things they want for Christmas. Play holiday music and serve warm cider and holiday pastries.

Movie Night: It's A Wonderful Life

Invite residents for hot cocoa and popcorn as they watch the movie It's A Wonderful Life (1946) on this day that it premiered.

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  • Birthday: Crossword puzzle (1913)
  • First day of winter
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered (1937)

Jack Frost Memories

Honor this first day of winter by encouraging residents to reminisce about past winters. Serve warm cider.

Holiday Shopping

Take residents to your local shopping center to do some holiday shopping or just "people watch". Encourage residents to shop for the child whose name they picked off the Angel Tree on December 14.

Nostalgic Matinee

Invite residents to watch the classic movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) on this day that it opened. Borrow the DVD from your local library or video store.

Crossword Puzzle Tournament Social

Encourage residents to play crossword puzzles as you celebrate this birthday of the crossword puzzle. Give out crossword puzzles to residents and award the resident who finishes first. Serve holiday cookies as a snack.

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  • Julie Nixon, President Nixon's daughter, married David Eisenhower, President Eisenhower's grandson (1968)

Crafts: Winter Wonderland Window Display

Encourage residents to create fun winter wonderland window displays like the ones in major department stores.

Holiday Spelling Bee

Have residents spell words related to the holiday season, like Hanukkah, yuletide, poinsettia, Kwanzaa, and winter solstice.

Presidential Trivia

Quiz residents with presidential trivia on this day that President Nixon's daughter, Julie Nixon, married President Eisenhower's grandson, David Eisenhower. Pass around some holiday M&M's candies, the official White House snack.

Popcorn Garland Social

Invite residents to string popcorn to make popcorn garlands for decoration. Use plastic needles for stringing. Serve plenty of popcorn and punch.

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  • Artist Vincent van Gogh chopped off his ear (1888)

Snowy Day Read

Encourage residents to enjoy staying indoors on this snowy or chilly day by checking out a book from your facility's library to read.

Holiday Art

Invite residents to paint holiday scenery on canvas on this day that artist Vincent van Gogh chopped off his ear. Hang the paintings in your facility's "art gallery".

I Spent All My Money Social

Chit chat with residents and discuss what gifts they bought for family members and friends. Serve the "inexpensive" snack of cheese and crackers.

North Star Dessert

During this holiday season, invite residents to come view the North Star using a telescope in your Activity Room. Set up a dessert table with lots of sugar-free goodies.

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  • Christmas Eve
  • National Eggnog Day

Baking Club: Eggnog Cookies

On this National Eggnog Day, have residents bake delicious eggnog cookies.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas Social

Celebrate this Christmas Eve with residents singing holiday songs, sipping eggnog, and eating the eggnog cookies made earlier today by the Baking Club.

Holiday Movie Night: Miracle on 34th Street

Encourage residents to come out of their rooms and watch the movie Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

Christmas Eve Nightcap

Play holiday songs in your facility's common area and serve warm cider.

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  • Christmas Day

Christmas Day Parade

Encourage residents to come out and watch the annual Christmas Day parade on television.

Christmas Trees

Invite residents to make cute Christmas trees on this Christmas Day.

O Holy Night Social

Play holiday music and serve eggnog and holiday cookies.

Christmas Dinner

Coordinate with Dining Services to serve a special Christmas dinner for residents.

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  • Kwanzaa (December 26 - January 1, 2014)
  • National Candy Cane Day
  • National Thank You Note Day

Crafts: Kwanzaa Woven Mats

Have residents make woven mats in celebration of Kwanzaa.

Writing Thank You Notes

Encourage residents to write thank you notes on this National Thank You Note Day to family members and friends for the gifts they received.

Swap Meet

Encourage residents to bring any unwanted gifts they received for the holidays so that they can swap gifts with other residents.

Sweet Tooth Social

Have residents come and enjoy the traditional candy of the holiday season, candy canes, on this National Candy Cane Day.

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  • "Glenn Miller Show" debuted on the radio (1939)
  • National Fruitcake Day

Baking Club: Fruitcake

To honor National Fruitcake Day today, encourage residents to make a delicious version of the holiday fruitcake.

Writer's Corner

Have residents reflect on the year 2013 and write about their experiences over the last twelve months. Encourage residents to share their experiences with others. Supply paper and pens.

Big Band Showcase

Showcase big band music by playing music led by band leader Glenn Miller on this day that the "Glenn Miller Show" debuted on the radio.

I Love Fruitcake Social

Invite residents to sample the fruitcake made today by the Baking Club on this National Fruitcake Day. Serve eggnog with the fruitcake.

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  • Blues singer Wynonie Harris recorded Good Rockin' Tonight (1947)
  • Iowa became the 29th state (1846)

Holiday Musical Bingo

For this Bingo's Birthday Month, make bingo cards on your computer with the names of holiday songs. Have residents cover up the names of the songs on the bingo card as they are being played.

Tie Tying Contest

During this National Tie Month, have a contest to see who can tie a necktie the fastest. Give each resident a necktie for the contest, as you encourage staff to root them on. Give the winner a prize.

It's Almost 2014! Social

Reminisce with residents about the past year and whether they can believe that it is really almost 2014! Serve apple cider and holiday cookies.

Blues Lounge

Invite residents to come out and listen to blues music in recognition of blues singer Wynonie Harris' recording of Good Rockin' Tonight on this day. If possible, invite a blues musician to play for the residents.

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  • Birthday: Bowling ball (1862)
  • Birthday: Mary Tyler Moore, actress (1936)
  • Texas became the 28th state (1845)

Crafts: Snow Globes

Encourage residents to make their own snow globes for the winter season.

Bowling Tournament

Encourage residents to compete in a bowling tournament on this day to honor the birthday of the bowling ball. Set up your facility's bowling set and cheer residents on as they compete for a trophy and the title of "Your Facility's Bowling Champion". Purchase inexpensive trophies from your local supply store.

Chili on a Chilly Day Social

Coordinate with Dining Services to serve residents cornbread with a Texas chili dip as you celebrate Texas becoming the 28th state on this day.

Rerun Night

Celebrate Mary Tyler Moore's birthday today by playing old episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970). Borrow a DVD with old episodes from your local video store.

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Holiday Hangman

In playing Hangman (which is similar to television's Wheel of Fortune), pick holiday words or phrases and have residents guess letters that belong in the words. Draw a part of the hangman's body when a resident gives a wrong letter. Use holiday words like mistletoe, fruitcake, and tree trimming.

Holiday Cooking Demo

During this holiday season, invite Dining Services to prepare a fun holiday cooking demonstration for residents.

2013 Time Capsule

Encourage residents to partake in this annual event of submitting an object from 2013 to a time capsule that will be opened in December 2014. Objects submitted can include ticket stubs of shows seen during the year, a memorable craft project, or photos of a fun event. Next December have a reminiscing party as you remove the objects from the time capsule.

Bird Watching Social

Give residents binoculars to watch birds in their natural environment from a large picture window in your facility. Encourage residents to try to identify the birds. Serve warm raisin bread as a snack.

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  • New Year's Eve

Holiday Word List

Encourage residents to create as many words as they can from the words "New Year's Eve". List the words that the residents come up with on a giant board for all to see.

Last Day to ...

Have fun with residents as you discuss what they would like to indulge in on this last day of the year before their New Year's Resolutions kick in on the first of the year.

New Year's Eve Social

Host a New Year's Eve Social for residents to ring in the New Year. Serve champagne and warm appetizers.

Countdown to 2014

Help your late night residents (and staff) ring in the New Year by turning the television in your Activity Room to one of the New Year's Eve parties.

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