Christmas is a time for family, fun and good food. It is also a time for reflection and connecting with those most special to you. It’s important at this most cheery period of the year to make sure that everyone in your family feels that warmth and love, especially when it comes to your older relatives and there are lots of ways that you can make your loved ones feel thought about and full of Christmas cheer.Of course, the best thing to do is to go and visit them over Christmas and make a real fuss of them, but if your own personal circumstances make doing that difficult, there are other ways you can show them you care.Communication TechnologySometimes, knowing that they are being thought of during Christmas can go an awfully long way and with the advent of Skype, Apple Facetime, Whastapp and so many other video calling apps and the affordability of tablets and laptops, it means you can include your older loved ones in the festivities, even if you’re on the other side of the world! Getting the whole family involved and sending their love can be an amazing Christmas gift.Maintaining TraditionsYour Granny, Grandpa, Dad or Mum will be even more familiar with family traditions at Christmas time and keeping those traditions alive can bring a lot of comfort and joy to them during the festive season. It could be a simple Christmas card or a family singalong, but whatever it is, try and keep it as something you all get together and do at this time of year, come what may.Videos and PicturesCapturing pictures and videos of things like the grandchildren opening presents and family board games being played can be a great way for your older relatives to feel included and be able share in these special moments no matter where they are. They can be enjoyed again and again whenever they feel like reconnecting with fond family memories.Whichever way you approach it, try and keep in mind ways to make your older loved ones feel valued and not forgotten, it can have a really positive effect on their sense of wellbeing and feeling connected. If you would like to know more about anything discussed here, please give us a call on 01 296 3504 or visit our website www.castlehomecare.ie Taking the time out to make older relatives feel special during Christmas can make such a difference and even just a little can go a really long way.