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Don't handicap yourself with traditions

Saralee Jamieson, Human Environmental Sciences Specialist in St. Clair County, University of Missouri Extension


One of the joys of the holiday season is gathering with friends and family. For people with arthritis or other mobility problems, minimal changes to holiday preparations can result in maximum enjoyment of the season.

Don’t shy away from starting new traditions. For example, if your family lives close to you, invite grandchildren, one at a time, to help you prepare a traditional favorite. You get extra help, and they learn how to prepare a favorite family recipe.

Another alternative to being the only cook is to ask each family member or friend to bring a dish. You only have to prepare one or two items and, as an added bonus, guests are guaranteed at least one favorite food.


If your company is traveling a long distance or you feel uncomfortable asking someone to help with the meal preparation, consider dining at a restaurant and serving dessert at your home. However, if you want to keep the celebration in your home, call a favorite eatery to see if it prepares a main course and basic side dishes that can be picked up or delivered. Often the difference in the cost is minimal and you save your energy to enjoy the occasion.

Adopting these few, helpful hints will enable you to enjoy this festive time of year with family and friends. Whatever you do, plan on making special holiday memories.

Originally published in Silver Threads.



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