A lot of your holiday traditions to date may have been rooted in where you’ve lived. Maybe it was a trip to the same tree farm each year, a drive down a street that had the best holiday light displays, or a visit to your go-to gift shops to find the perfect gifts.
The holiday season is full of nostalgia for those long-standing traditions and quality time with the special people in your life. However, relocating to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) means you’ll likely be adding some brand new faces and events to your holiday traditions, especially if you’re moving to a CCRC that is in a different community than the one you have lived in before.
At Ventana, Members are spending their first holiday season with us and get to take full advantage of everything the Dallas metropolitan area has to offer at this time of year. We put together some ways to keep the holidays merry and bright for those spending it under a new roof this year at a senior living community.
Visit Every Texas-Sized Tree You Can Find
First, and arguably most importantly, you can let your grandchildren know that Santa does indeed visit Dallas. In fact, he’s all over Dallas, making stops at Northpark, Reunion Tower and Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark for photos with his fans. Find his whole tour schedule here.
Wintertime in Dallas is magical. With a packed calendar of family-friendly events, your guests can plan their visits around what appeals to them–such as visiting the tree at Dallas City Hall or seeing a number of holiday symphonies, concerts, or live musical performances.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s Christmas Village is the perfect trip for when you want to gaze at some beautifully decked-out gazebos with all the trimmings. See for yourself how one of the top botanical gardens in the world celebrates the season.
To get planning, explore a curated list of other Dallas holiday events here.
Keep with Traditions that are Easy to Continue
The floor-to-ceiling window walls at Ventana are just begging for garland and lights to get them twinkling, and your neighbors certainly aren’t going to complain if you fill the air with the smell of fresh-baked Christmas cookies.
If you are someone who pulls out their holiday decorations the minute you’ve finished the last of your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, by all means bring that holiday spirit to Ventana. Decorate, bake and invite over some friends for some hot cocoa or holiday-themed cocktails in the evening.
An Extra Special Year for Gift Giving
If you’re anticipating a move to a CCRC or have already made the transition, chances are you’ve had to, or will soon have to, downsize a lot of your material goods. This can be a really special year for you to pass down belongings or keepsakes to loved ones that have been in your family for many years. A family heirloom, holiday ornaments that have been on your tree for generations, or a tchotchke your grandchild admires when they visit can make a really special and meaningful gift.
Dallas also has a vibrant community of makers and shops to visit to send a unique gift to your friends or family who may not be able to make the trip to visit this holiday season. Send them a little something special from a shop they have never visited before to show off the rich arts culture in Dallas.
Host Family at a Vacation Rental Home
Are you always the holiday headquarters for your family? Don’t feel guilty if you’re not able to accomodate out-of-town family like you used to before moving into a CCRC. Not having spare guest rooms doesn’t mean that you’re restricted from inviting your guests to Dallas this holiday season.
Explore vacation rental properties through services like AirBnb. You’ll be able to find a home big enough to fit everyone comfortably under one roof, and won’t miss out on getting to show everyone around Dallas. Even better, you won’t have to spend the days leading up to the holiday frantically cleaning in preparation of your house guests!
Take Advantage of Ventana’s Holiday Events
A strong culture of friendship and community has already emerged from our Members. That sense of community is what the holiday season is all about. We encourage our members to create new traditions with their loved ones, but also among fellow Members when family can’t be near.
Our staff is always planning events for holidays that our Members can participate in. We also encourage Members to take advantage of the existing services and amenities offered to them. Enjoy a special holiday meal at one of the on-site dining options or gift yourself a little R&R at Ventana’s Elements Salon and Spa.
We all have our holiday traditions that we’ve embraced over the years, and we’d love for you to bring those to Ventana while letting us help you create some new ones along the way, too!