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Holiday gatherings are a standing tradition in my family. For as long as I can remember all four generations of my family gather for each major celebration. We spend several days, before and after the actual holiday, bonding as a family and enjoying each other’s company.
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As we’ve gotten older, moved away from home, and started families of our own, holiday gatherings are a little tougher to pull off. We now have five generations in our family—from my grandmother to my four great nephews—and are spread across four different states. We’re up to a count just shy of 60 members of our family.

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No one wants to miss a minute of hefty helpings of holiday cuisine from my great-uncle’s recipe book to the spirited competitions of family board or card games. With an aging first and second generation, and infants and toddlers, our needs are wide and vast. My father has leukemia. Last year he was suffering from a severe infection. He spent much of the holiday season in the hospital. Since then, happy and healthy holiday gatherings have become a central theme for our family.

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Keeping our shared spaces clean and free from germs is important for my dad. And with a family as large as ours, I rely upon Sam’s Club Family Caregiving to meet our health needs in the following ways.

Healthy Holiday Gathering Tip: Prevent Avoidable Accidents

When the activities last all day like ours do, there’s no room for avoidable mishaps. So I create personal care baskets for the bathrooms. Among the other sanitary items I stash a few Member’s Mark Pads for Women and Member’s Mark Premium Adult Washcloths. This way, everyone can attend to their personal care needs quickly, privately and avoid accidents in our shared spaces.
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Healthy Holiday Gatherings Tip: Stop Illness Before It Starts

Regular check ups and doctor visits at the slightest sign of illness are a must to keep our home as germ free as possible. Especially since our favorite holidays to gather occur during cold and flu season. For our healthy holiday, we keep antibacterial soap and body wash on hand at all times.

When holiday activities last all day like ours keeping your energy up and immune system strong is a must. Member’s Mark MultiVitamin helps keep our family healthy and strong while we cheer on our favorite sports teams. In a pinch, portable hand sanitizer is great for not just hands but seats, armrests, counters, cups, and any other public surface carrying unknown germs. Just grab a tissue and wipe away.

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Healthy Holiday Gatherings Tip: Treat It to Beat It

When we do find ourselves fighting the sniffles or even a fever, we have to treat it right away to protect my dad. Sam’s Club pharmacy and Member’s Mark line of OTC drug—including ibuprofen for fevers, antihistamines for sniffs and sneezes and prescriptions for the strong stuff—get us back on our feet and feeling better soon.

Make plans for healthy holiday gatherings with Sam’s Club, your one-stop shop for all caregiving needs.

How do you celebrate the holidays with your family? Share your approach to healthy holiday gatherings for everyone in your family in the comments below.