Grandparents have wonderful holiday memories to share with grandchildren if the middle generation (the children) will encourage this rather than considering it simply, “Grandma’s ramblings.“ Even those with Alzheimer’s can contribute to the memory lore. Sometimes we might say, “especially those with Alzheimer’s”, because those memories become very vivid for them at certain stages of the illness.
Grandparents’ memories, and those of other older relatives, contribute to the family heritage. Record them, write them down, compile them in scrapbooks. Those help children realize who they truly are and help form a family bond.
If grandchildren can work on Holiday memory projects with grandparents, these have special meaning, too. My mother and mother-in-law shared their memories with my daughter. I encouraged my daughter to take part in it, or at least be a good listener. We now reminisce about some of the things they did and said, passing them along to my grandchildren.
These memories are somewhat like the oral histories of various cultures, when stories were passed along through the generations by word of mouth. However, so they don’t get lost in time, make sure you record them in some fashion. The holiday memories are especially precious.