Top 10 New Year Gifting Options for Elderly

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Old people are those wisdom sources who brighten up your lives with their presence. They are the ones who guide and loves without expectations. When thinking of a New Year gift for them, it is sure that you will be confused. As the most independent and loving people, they will never let you spend on gifts. So choosing an attractive and comfort giving New Year gift to them, without asking them is a bit challenging. If you have taken up that challenge, see some beautiful and useful gift ideas here. These might help you top pick a good selection from the list or to come up with similar ideas. Let’s see the bucket list!

Wooden keepsake

Older adults love memories, and they love to keep things safe. From the careless adult life, they have moved to the stage where every piece of memories has to be saved. The first gift from their children, the latest health card, the newly brought sweater, the knitting set...They will have a lot of small stuff to save with themselves, and they will not be so happy if those tiny things are touched by anyone else. If your grandparents or the elderly relatives come under this category, you can buy them beautiful wooden keepsakes. They are strong and beautiful. While protecting their tiny stuff, these wooden keepsakes will make their rooms also look pretty.

Portable coffee table chair set with wheels

Old age is when people love to relax in calm places like the courtyard or the back garden. If the elderly people in your house love such things, you can buy them a table chair set with wheels. They can scroll the set to the courtyard or the park or to any silent place to enjoy the nature. The table set is quite handy, and the elderly people can keep their things in it in a more organized way

Seat Pad

Elders need the most care, and their body deserves the most comfort. You can satisfy their comfort needs by gifting them a seat pad. They work more or less like a pillow and can be used to sit. Elders can place it on chairs or sofas or even bed to comfort their spines. They are soft and cozy. The main advantage is that they are too lightweight and can be carried around. If they want to sit in the plastic mold chair or on a wooden desk, they can simply keep the seat pad and can sit above it with utmost comfort

Rocking chair

Who will not love the rocking chair that gives them the most comfortable seating? It was a common sight in the previous times that the grandparents read on armed rocking chairs enjoying the serene beauty of the creations. If you think your grandparent or parent is a lover of beauty, you can gift them a beautiful rock chair with nice cushions

Medicine organiser

Being in old age, people will certainly mess up with medicines. They may misunderstand the names of the medicines and will have them which in turn will cause troubles. Sometimes they may forget that they have not taken the medicines. Here is where medicine organizers will help. With the dates carved in each point, you can place the medicines for each day in the medicine organizers. The only thing the elders have to do is to take the tablets and to have them on time

Sun touch lamp

Sun touch lamps will be one of the most effective gifts that you can give the elders. Considering their well-being, the presence of good light can influence their mind. These lamps produce light similar to sunlight and will make their rooms brighter. They can be operated easily and will last longer. They are portable and easily manageable. They will deploy the function of light therapy which will be a really pleasant experience for the elders.

Memory Journals

Who will not like memories? Especially in their old ages, people love to spend time with beautiful memories of the incidents they passed through. You can collect the old pictures of your elders and can print it out as journals for them. These memory books will make them happy and will be an asset at an age where they need an emotional support

Induction cook top

Elders love to cook. Even if they may not be interested in cooking regularly, they will certainly love to cook their delicacies for their beloved grandchildren. Allowing them to the kitchen where the LPG is used is a bit risky. Due to the age, they might forget to turn off the gas or may use it in the wrong way. Induction cookers come with a panacea to this. Without any risk of burning or gas leakage, they can be handled with charm. Let your taste buds dance in joy with the food from elders.

Massage pillow

Massage pillows are the ones that can be attached to the neck portion of car seats. In an age where they will find traveling as difficult, massage pillows will be a great help. They will make the neck comfortable and will let the elders travel long without pains. Without any hassles of long travel, the elders can enjoy the beauty of nature and the life!

Hobby baskets

Anyone will have a hobby. Especially in the age of retirement, they will be eager to enter some hobbies that will cheer them up. It can be faux floral arrangements, gardening or cooking or even interior decoration with faux plants. Even some people will like to do small carpentry jobs and small crafting works. Identify their likes and buy them a beautiful basket. It should contain beautiful, cute accessories that they can use for their hobbies. It will be the mind blaster for them.

10 Fascinating Facts about Christmas

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Christmas is one of the widely celebrated festivals all over the world. With its snowy white December gown and beautiful red decorations, the festival will make you lose your hearts. Christmas, for decades, is the most beautiful celebration and is one of the biggest holiday bashes. When the world is resting after the long, exciting Christmas, let's see some fascinating facts about Christmas.

The Date of Christmas is not the birth date of The Christ

No one knows about the date of birth of the Christ. Yes, no one cares too. The exact date of birth of the Christ has not recorded anywhere, not even in the bible. The first recorded date when the Christmas was celebrated is 25th of December 336.It was when the first Christian emperor of Rome, Constantine ruled the empire. Pope Julius was the one who declared December 25th as the official date a few years later.

It is also believed that the birth date of Sun has been inherited as the day of Christmas by the Pagans. People believe that this is due to the influence of the pagan feasts on the church. In the early BC’s there was a very strong co-dependent cultural interaction among the various believers.

The Nativity Scene is first created by a Saint

You would have noticed the nativity scene in the cribs. They are small cute and really beautiful. Have you ever thought from where the concept of the crib and the nativity came from? Even when Christmas was being celebrated in the very early times, there wasn’t a concept of Christmas crib. The famous saint St. Francis of Assisi created the first model and that is we all follow till date. The model consists of the infant Jesus, the shepherds, the angels and the parents. This was done by him as a gesture of respect and admiration toward the belief of Christmas.

Gifts Et Al was not the same in olden days

Christmas gifting is the most exciting part of Christmas. Giving and receiving gifts ion Christmas makes the day special than ever. Have you ever thought of from where the Christmas gifting originated? It came from the ancient church where the gifts were exchanged only as little deer or piccolos. They were considered very special, and the ceremony of gift giving was widely celebrated. Later on due course of time, traditions changed, and now you can get anything as a gift for Christmas; from candy to a brand new phone, anything can be gifted.

Christmas was also banned once

Yes, Christmas was banned too. In 1644 England banned the Christmas in all aspects. That day was considered a very busy market day, and so the celebration could not be allowed. Many protests happened over time and the end of 1656 the celebrations was accepted and was celebrated widely. Even though the banning was removed, there were a lot of protests, and bloodsheds happened related to the banning.

Sun God has nothing to do with Christmas

There are a lot of misconceptions around Christmas. The important one is that the history of Christmas goes back from the pagan history. Some of the people believe that the birth of Christ is deprived of the birth of God sun, Mithra. There are many similarities in both the stories and this made people believed that the birth story of Christ is not a real one.

Christmas Crackers was found by a Sweet seller

Christmas crackers are tubes like structures that will consist of small sweets and a piece of paper. Similar to the fortune cookies, they will contain small jokes or luck wishes. This tube has a small paper strip that can be pulled and a cracking sound will be heard. This will contain beautifully wrapped sweets also. This was found by a fresh sweet maker around 1845.He tried selling sweets like any other but didn’t succeed. This was his new way of selling the sweets in the Christmas season and finally, it became the part of the culture now.

Christmas Trees were popular from the medieval times

We all love Christmas trees. We use faux trees or Artificial plants to set up instant trees and will beautify them with lights. But a Christmas tree was not found or was decorated the time of Christ. Yes, then when did they become popular? Actually, the tradition of decorating the trees was popular from the medieval times and that was not related to Christmas. In the due course of time, the people who preliminary believed the trees are sacred moved to Christianity and they continued to decorate and celebrate their prayers and special occasions with tees.

Xmas is not just an abbreviation

We all use the word Xmas instead of Christmas. Some people hate it when the word Christ is swapped with a single word X. But the origin of the word goes long back. In Greek, the alphabet X denotes chi which is indeed the Jesus in English. While many of us use this without the meaning, it has got a very deep insight and is being used from long ago.

Santa Claus was once a saint

Saint Nicolas was the most popular saint who loved and behaved compassionately to anyone he met. He was so famous for his charity and he always tried to deliver something to the needy. With regard to his memory, the concept of Santa Claus originated. In the olden times, the Santa Claus was a priest who delivered small gifts and surprises to the people. Later, the shape, size and looks of the Santa were improvised and finally, it looks like an old man with a huge white beard in a red dress who delivers gifts to children!

Candy Canes have a story too

Candy canes are the most popular sweets in the Christmas season. Apart from the size and shape, everyone likes that. The tradition of serving candy canes during Christmas also started after Christ. It is believed that a candy man in Indiana wanted to make a special sweet for Christmas. He created white peppermint candies that represented the purity of the Christ. Later he added red stripes to demonstrate the bloodshed of Christ for the humanity and the shape of the cane represented J, which is Jesus indeed.

Seven Healthy Side Dishes That Will Complete Your Festival Feast

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Holidays are special occasions and are always celebrated with joy and enthusiasm. People start to think about mouthwatering delicacies upon the arrival of Christmas and Thanksgiving. However, people with existing health conditions and health conscious individuals might refrain from overeating. 

Luckily there are many options for healthy sides that can be enjoyed by cutting the calories and can add unwanted pounds. With these few sides for Thanksgiving, your daily meals can be made even healthier and can look beautiful by adding topiaries to the environment. 

Sweet Potato Recipes

Instead of potatoes try sticking with sweet potatoes as it becomes a great choice. In addition to being a great alternative, it tastes great and also has fewer calories than the creamy version of potato side dishes and mashed potatoes. 

Before adding sweet potato, you have to be sure to select the one with cinnamon instead of loading it marshmallow, butter, and brown sugar. A little serving of this dish brings only 157 calories to the waistline. Roasting sweet potato is simpler when compared to mashing and boiling. Adding up maple syrup to this dish transforms it into a whole new look. 

With the current mashed potato dish, you can add more sweet potatoes to add further deliciousness and more calories. Use an oven instead of a saucepan.

The creamy and delicious sweet potato casserole collects all its aromatic flavors through honey and freshly grated orange zest instead of the traditional butter stick. For completing healthy makeover, it would be a lot better to sprinkle up to a crunchy pecan streusel spiked with orange juice concentrate on top. Marshmallows can, later on, be used for other dishes. 

Whole grain dishes for keeping it healthy

Serving these side dishes would surely fetch you compliments from your friends and loved ones. It is best to select fresh whole grain rolls for your dinner sides. The dishes you will cook with whole grains would be rich in fiber and other nutrients. You can try out rolls without adding the creamy and buttery topping. Otherwise, you can put on little spread without making it unhealthy. 

A healthy winter squash would be a great way for added delightfulness to all your dishes. With winter squash you can easily add rich flavors to barley pilaf. For adding a lively finish, you can use Gremolata, an Italian combination of lemon zest, parsley, and garlic that provides the dish with a lively finish. The Pilaf would look great when added with Parmesan. 

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

A pungent cauliflower puree would be a perfect dish to add to a low carb diet. The dish would get all its delicious flavors from the buttermilk, garlic and a little fineness of butter, and the best thing is that is packs about only one-quarter of the calories that you typically get with mashed potatoes. So if you are thinking about adding this side, it can be varied by adding chopped fresh herbs and low fat cheese. 

German-inspired Warm Red Cabbage Salad is an easy to prepare quick side dish. It is cooked till tender and gets combined with sweet caraway apples and tangy vinaigrette. You can serve the dish with the help of roasted pork lion or turkey kielbasa and can further use faux floral arrangement for an added professional look to the surrounding environment. 

The massaged Kale Salad dish gets ready with the infusion of aromatic garlic dressing above the kale just after massaging the dressing and the greens with your hands. Any kale can be used in preparation for this simple kale salad recipe; you just have to remember to remove tough stems even before preparation of the recipe.

Puddings and tarts 

Add up sweet caramelized pears to the comforting highlight, raisin laden bread pudding and custardy. When turned out of the baking dish, the flan-like pudding would rest at a large pool of intense caramel, which makes it worthy of its place on a holiday table. This can be served chilled or warm.

Fontina red onion and sweet potato tart is a roasted-veggie tart and serves as a great thanksgiving appetizer or side for a special dinner. The pastry dough is simple to roll on parchment and is very forgiving. The walnut laden crust becomes crisp and is served warm, but the tart can be enjoyed at cold as well as room temperature. 

Lemon-Dill Green Beans

This lemon and dill vinaigrette would be a natural complement for green beans. This would also be appearing great while drizzling with fresh sliced tomatoes or tossing with steamed asparagus. For serving ten people with the recipe, you would need to have 2 ½ times of all the ingredients: Use ¾ teaspoons mustard and 2 ½ tablespoons each shallot, lemon juice and oil, 3 tbsp dill, 2 ½ pound green beans, ¾ teaspoon pepper, and salt. 

Mushroom Casserole and Mashed Potato

Regular mashed potato can be easily fancied up by having an additional layer of mushroom duxelle-a sauté of finely chopped shallots and mushrooms. Traditional butter gets omitted in duxelles and chard can be added for getting a boost in nutrition. Instead of using regular mash potato you can serve this side and enjoy as a main dish. 

Squash as sides 

Though serving pasta would not seem like a common option for Christmas, the spaghetti cheese, and squash mac would be a comforting dish that would have guests just ready to savor the delicious flavors with a beautiful surrounding environment through silk arrangements for your table. 

Delicata squash and pears get squashed with brown sugar, bacon, and chili powder to get a delectable combination. The dish can be converted in a vegetarian one by tossing pears and squash with chili powder and brown sugar at the final 5 minutes of slow roasting. 

The Christmas table would surely be incomplete without adding cranberry to your dishes. Being a perfect mixable with all other dishes a little bit of sweetness gets added to everything else on the plate. You can also try the vegan orange ginger cranberry relish which is gluten-free without any added sugar. 

With these sides, everyone including vegans and health conscious people would be happy without having to give on the taste. With all the dishes above your cravings can be met without consuming additional unhealthy calories.

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Live and Love the Spirit of Christmas with Magical Faux Fir Trees

It is nearly impossible to imagine Christmas without the lights and jingle bells. There is one more thing that adds charm to the celebration of Christmas along with the Santa Claus and carol songs, it is the Christmas trees. These decorated trees along with lights and stars are one of the chief attractions of Christmas festivals in homes and public spaces alike. Apart from the ornamental purposes, Christmas trees symbolize faith and friendship. Evergreen conifer like fir, spruce and pine were used for making Christmas trees.

Christmas trees make their way to public spheres during the time of Christmas. The Rockefeller Christmas trees, Atlanta Christmas trees are examples. Also, these celebration trees could be found in shopping malls, hotels, resorts, cinema halls, corporates offices and other public spaces. In any case, the issue they confronted subsequent to setting these trees and plants inside and outside their workplaces was that these decorative creatures require a lot of consideration and regard for keep them in place and alluring. To handle this situation, another item appeared – manufactured plants. Simulated plants come as an answer for finish your outsides and insides sidestepping each issue brought on by genuine plants. Obviously, the advantages you get from a living being is missing in these artificial manifestations, however the illusions it makes gives the indications of life inside in it.

Beautiful Faux Creations

There would some say some are clear motivations to uncertainty, how these manufactured manifestations are going to coordinate the vivacity of the genuine plants and blooms? Well here are the reasons why the manufactured greenery matches with the truth. They were made of satiny fabrics before and were an extremely costly at a state of time and ordinarily it couldn't coordinate with the genuine ones. In any case, with the movement of innovation we can make genuine looking life-like manifestations. Silk screened polyesters are utilized as a part of its art with hand painted and minute subtle elements are dealt with to look like the first. It is this component of simulated greenery that has expanded its fame and made it one of the primary decisions for scene and inside planners.

Whether it's a shopping center, a lodging anteroom, an air terminal or even a healing facility, it needs an outline that could order the consideration of your guests and clients. It need not be something staggering; it ought to have that great calming impact upon individuals. Here and there making an impeccable environment inside your office or business space could give an alternate ordeal to your clients. You could just adventure the magnificence of the substantial assortment of fake greenery to give an alternate viewpoint to your insides. The charming force of blossom, both inside and outside a building is overpowering and could help in lessening the anxiety levels among the working power inside.

Magical Faux Fir Trees

Fir trees are one of the most favorite Christmas trees across the world. Faux Fir Christmas trees are available in market to give more color to your celebrations and decorations. These faux creations are equipped with many advanced technological features that allow users to move the tree on its metal moving stand, lock it into spot, flip the basic fragment, and interface the treetop. Also, to enhance the looks, these Christmas trees are enabled with LED lights, so that you don’t have to pay attention for extra illumination effects. All you need to do is to connect it to a plug-in. These lightening set up could glow your space with heavenly Christmas lights. It comes to you with best lights available in the market and each bulb could last for than 3000 hours. Also, these incandescent lights could hide the wires and nearly makes it invisible.

Also, these fake beings comes along with rich evergreen foliage resembling life and also they are crafted in a teardrop profile with open, somewhat descending slanting branches, ideal for showing decorations.

Advantages of Artificial Christmas Trees

Presently looking on to the contrasts between the fake Fir trees and their genuine partners, there are some compelling reasons to go for the former option. Be that as it may, inside a business space, it is difficult for a genuine plant to keep pulling in the general population, without shedding the takes off. Genuine plants request a lot of consideration and consideration and that is the sole motivation behind why these simulated manifestations are here. They could counter the detriments of the genuine plants. Also they feature;

  • Very convenient mobility compared to their living counterparts. Real Christmas trees should be uprooted from their biological sphere and is not easy to shit its location inside a corporate office or hotel lobby.
  • Faux Fir trees could last for more than 10 years without any maintenance cost. Once the season got over, you could easily pack it back to the bag.
  • These counterfeit plants are available in different sizes, which will allow you to choose an ideal model for your space.
  • Real evergreen fir trees demands extra illumination and lighting set up, while artificial Christmas trees are incorporated with incandescent bulbs and other lighting features.
  • The lifeless trees display no sign of withering or paleness and could survive in any temperature. They are made of fire resistant materials.
  • Artificial Greeneries are additionally intended for outside scene and are empowered to forestall UV beams, so no stresses over shading and blurring while being exposed to the sun and are planned with compelling consideration.
  • These fake creations produce no waste and require only a little attention and care.
  • They requires no soil to fix, it comes to you with a pot.

These faux creations could enhance your shopping centers, inns, healing centers and other business insides during Christmas and could be used in interior and exterior, which will glow your Christmas evenings with heavenly lights. They are the best decision accessible to you in inside embellishment and are good products for your money.

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