Most seniors love the holidays. They have many fond memories: seeing Santa for the first time, helping trim the tree, and opening gifts with eager anticipation.

They also remember making the holidays special for their loved ones as an adult. There are happy memories of the family gathered around the table for Thanksgiving dinner, wrapping gifts for the kids, and baking holiday cookies and pies.

Unfortunately, many seniors find that the holidays bring on feelings of melancholy. They are under the impression that they can’t contribute or participate in a meaningful way.

The good news is that you can cheer them up by including them in some holiday fun. Here are seven fun activities you can do during the holidays that include your senior loved one.

1. Include them in the holiday preparations.

They may not be able to string the lights on the tree, but they can hand you ornaments or put some on the tree if they’re able.

2. Invite carolers to the house.

Many seniors were once carolers themselves and would love to watch and listen to happy carolers singing their favorite holiday songs.

3. Take them to see the holiday lights.

Take a stroll through the neighborhood or pile the family into the car and take a drive through one of the neighborhoods that go all out, adorning their homes with colorful lights and decorations. It’s a great family activity, sure to create some lasting memories.

4. Help them pick out gifts.

It’s great if you can get them out to their favorite stores and enjoy a lunch together while they do their shopping. But, it’s no problem if they’re not mobile enough to get to the mall.

Help them get online and shop at their favorite retailers’ online stores. They’ll still get to pick out their gifts and will love participating in the annual holiday gift exchange.

5. Bake together.

The smell and taste of holiday fare bring a smile to just about everyone’s face. Your senior loved may only be able to help in small ways, like stirring the bat