While growing up, Christmas Eve was a magical experience. It was a night just for the family. You remember staying up late, decorating the tree, drinking hot chocolate, snacking on Christmas food, and watching timeless classic films. You would get into bed full of joy and excitement, falling asleep dreaming of everything Santa would bring in the night. Waking up Christmas morning to the aroma of mom’s signature blueberry pancakes and Dad building a fire, the holiday feels untouchable and perfect.
As you’ve gotten older, Christmas Eve stayed a family tradition with significant others or friends joining. Still, you would never miss it for anything. Your parent’s energy is low this year, and your fathers’ memory isn’t what it used to be. You can still create a magical evening, with a wonderful gift for everyone: a delicious meal. Get a plate of festive cheer ready for your elder relatives with these Christmas eve dinner ideas.
Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas
As we get older, our body slows down in several ways, from desensitized taste buds to trouble digesting due to medication. Our suggestions will help prepare a Christmas eve dinner that won’t add anxiety to your relatives’ holiday joy. Celebrate and relax with these Christmas Eve dinner ideas.
A Christmas meal isn’t complete without a hearty bowl of soup. This comforting dish is also packed with vitamins to help your relatives combat any winter illnesses.
On Christmas eve, bring a salmon to your dining table and increase your relatives’ intake of omega-3. Salmon is an excellent choice for our aging population and has been proven to increase memory.
End the evening reminiscing about past celebrations and this one-bite dessert. As your relative’s age, you want to monitor their sugar intake, and this recipe makes it easy without lacking flavor.
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Easy Christmas Meals For Picky Eaters
After preparing one of our Christmas Eve dinner ideas, you don’t want to forget to create something special for Christmas Day. These Christmas dinner ideas will impress and accommodate even the most sensitive of stomachs.
A hearty bowl of oatmeal will give your older relatives all the fuel they need to conquer this busy holiday season. Sprinkle with cinnamon or fresh fruit and make sure they are comfortable for the rest of the day’s activities.
We suggest adding lamb to your holiday meal. The meat is high in iron and zinc, vital for our aging family members and their bone density. This delicious lean cut of meat will help protect them from injuries and will taste like velvet with our suggested recipe.
After a busy day, treat yourself to a dollop of this holiday pumpkin mousse. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin C and fiber. While everyone is feeling satisfied, you can take a deep breath and relax, knowing you haven’t spared your relatives any seasonal cheer.
The 12 Oaks Holidays Spirit
We understand curating a Christmas menu can be stressful and want to help your family keep the focus on what matters most. Instead of focusing on Christmas meal ideas, look back on what this holiday means to your family. This holiday season is another time of year we are incredibly thankful for all of our relatives’ wisdom and support.
Your local 12 Oaks managed community is an extension of your family. Every holiday season is another opportunity for us to connect and spread cheer. We strive to create moments that will leave a lasting impact and work closely with our nutritional team to serve dishes for all dietary needs. When you join the 12 Oaks family, we support you in continuing your traditions and look towards a bright future together.
If you have questions about Christmas Eve dinner ideas or any conditions discussed here, connect with us and learn more.
At 12 Oaks, our team of caring professionals is dedicated to keeping residents safe, engaged, and connected to their families and friends while still leading fulfilling lives. There’s no better place to enjoy the encore season of life than at a 12 Oaks community.
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