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Heartwarming Christmas Tales for Seniors to Read to Their Grandkids

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

New Hampshire elder care providers recommend creating Christmas magic at home this year by having seniors read some delightful holiday tales to the grandchildren. Reading to their grandkids is a fun and heartwarming way for seniors to boost their cognitive skills while bonding with their loved ones this holiday season.

The Mitten

Written by Jan Brett, this story is sure to become a favorite of both the grandchildren and your senior loved one as it tells the story of a red mitten that animals mysteriously find in the woods. The animals start to crawl inside the mitten which keeps growing until everyone fits snugly inside.

A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree

The main character in this story is an evergreen tree that nobody chooses for Christmas. After the forest animals decorate the tree, it suddenly realizes that maybe not being chosen was the best gift of all. In this book by Colleen Monroe, each tree takes on the shape of a human face.

God Gave Us Christmas

This delightful story is written by Lisa Tawn Bergren for the youngest members of your family. The book tells the delightful story of a mother polar bear and her cub who asks questions until they arrive at the true meaning of Christmas. The beautiful illustrations by David Hohn are sure to entertain young and old alike.

A Christmas Remembered

Many children wonder what Christmas was like when their grandparents were young. A Christmas Remembered is a great way to start the discussion while focusing on the most important things in life. This book by Tomie dePaola features 15 beautifully illustrated scenes and stories from throughout his life. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

If your loved one has grandchildren who find that most Christmas stories are too sweet, then Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas may be the perfect book for them. This book features skeleton Jack, the Pumpkin King as he dresses up as Santa Claus and takes over the holiday. Keep in mind that this Halloween crossover may be a bit scary for younger kids.

Enjoying a great read-aloud book at Christmas is a wonderful tradition that keeps seniors in touch with their families. Learn more about effective ways seniors can bond with the family when you call Home Care Assistance at (603) 471-3004. Our flexible New Hampshire live-in and hourly home care gives seniors the tools they need to age in place, boost wellbeing and maintain relationships with friends and family. Schedule a free consultation when you call today.