Holidays are the perfect opportunity to introduce new traditions and to make deeper connections with grandkids. Whether they’re pre-school aged or teenagers, your grandkids will remember the special holiday activities you share for years to come. Need some inspiration? Here are six ideas for things you can do with your grandkids to make the season more festive.
1. Create a Family Cookbook Featuring Holiday Memories
Preserve your holiday recipes in a keepsake cookbook that can be passed down to your grandkids — and their grandkids. Collect recipes from family members and enlist your grandchildren to help make the special dishes.
2. Visit a Tree Farm
Kick-off the holiday season with this classic tradition. You can enjoy the great outdoors while taking in the scent of fresh pine cones and the brisk winter air. Top it all off by drinking apple cider or hot chocolate to warm up those cold hands and noses.
3. Bring Back Caroling
This vintage holiday ritual is making a comeback. Travel around your neighborhood and share your holiday cheer. It’s a great opportunity to bond while also warming the spirits of your community.
4. Volunteer Your Time
Volunteering as a family not only makes you feel good, it sets an example for your grandkids to give back to the community when they’re able. You can donate new toys to a charitable organization, serve meals at a homeless shelter, or deliver a basket of food to a family in need. If you have younger grandchildren, be sure to find organizations that allow all ages to participate.
5. Make Holiday Crafts
Kids of all ages can join the fun of creating a holiday gift or decoration. Find inspiration, photos, and instructions from Pinterest, Personal Creations, and Crazy Little Projects. Many of them are inexpensive and easy to assemble.
6. Host a Holiday Movie Marathon
Don your favorite pajamas and get cozy for this one! Try exchanging favorite holiday movies with your grandkids to make connections. You can introduce them to classics like Miracle on 34th Street or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. After that, let them show you a modern favorite. When it’s time for bed, keep the fun going by reading them a book that inspired a holiday movie. The Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are timeless picks.
No matter how you spend your time together, Prime Independent Living wishes you and your family a happy holiday season!