Being a hospital patient is difficult under any circumstances during any time of the year, but it is especially tough during the holiday season. Instead of gift-shopping, planning favorite holiday recipes, or just spending time with family, patients find themselves discouraged about an upcoming surgery, recovery, or concerning diagnosis.

There’s no better reason to get into the holiday spirit than to lift the morale of those in despair.  So, whether you have a loved one hospitalized or you simply have the desire to spread a little Christmas cheer to those who need it most, blog 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas series can show you 5 ways to bring holiday spirit to a hospital this season.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Ways to Bring the Holiday Spirit to a Hospital - Injured Christmas TreeWhat is one of the first signs that the holiday season is upon us? Holiday decorations!

Most hospitals deck their halls with boughs of holly and volunteering to help is a simple way to bring a little joy and comfort not only to patients but to their families as well.

Small touches such as adding a miniature Christmas tree, a Hanukkah menorah, or a Kwanzaa kinara can go a long way in bringing a little home to a patient’s hospital room.

Craft activities can be organized for young patients to create personalized Christmas ornaments and help trim the hospital Christmas tree.

For the inventive, creative ideas include creating a Christmas lights display using prescription bottles or making a Christmas tree from medical gloves like several ingenious medical workers did to spread the holiday spirit.  

Do You Hear What I Hear

Another classic holiday activity certain to raise the spirits of hospital patients is caroling.

If you want to coordinate a full-on caroling musical featuring a church choir, a small band, meticulous rehearsals, choreography, and more, go for it. You may not have the power of a church choir or the Indianapolis Colts at your disposal, but assembling a few willing neighbors, colleagues, hospital workers, or family members is, without a doubt, just as wonderful and powerful.

Choose a set list, print out the song lyrics, have a quick rehearsal before caroling time, and the caroling team is ready to go. Don’t forget to name your caroling team and be sure to bring coffee, tea, cocoa, and cookies.

The least essential requirement? Singing chops. The most essential requirement? Holiday spirit.