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  • Writer's pictureBy April Sage

'Tis the Season for Family and Connection


Many of us still won’t gather this year due to vaccination status, health concerns, or distance. I know many people who are uncomfortable or have very small children and don’t want to take a chance on exposure. I’ve compiled a list of holiday ideas to help bring those who cannot be with you a chance to feel included and connected. Even if you can get together, these are great games for connection and creating experiences. We haven’t been together in so long, and now it’s time to have more fun! Many of us still won’t gather this year due to vaccination status, health concerns, or distance. I know many people who are uncomfortable or have very small children and don’t want to take a chance on exposure. I’ve compiled a list of holiday ideas to help bring those who cannot be with you a chance to feel included and connected. Even if you can get together, these are great games for connection and creating experiences. We haven’t been together in so long, and now it’s time to have more fun!

  1. Indulge in a favorite dessert. From Mom’s famous pie to Grandma’s celebrated holiday bread, share in a family tradition. Choose a time to meet on Zoom or Facetime to prepare the family treat. Each household purchases the ingredients and hen tune back in later and enjoy it together.

  2. Create a family game tradition. Add some Christmas cheer after dinner by gathering for a riveting round of bingo, trivia, or your favorite board game. Take it to the next level with custom family trivia questions, or Pictionary cards with memories of Christmas past. Gathering the generations for a night of reminiscing will create memories that will last. If you need a little help, check out these conversation starters designed for meaningful communication between kids and their grandparents.

  3. Bow your heads together. Sharing in a Zoom or Facetime prayer before the meal is a special way to kick off the household festivities. Events do not have to be perfectly timed, but prayer is a beautiful way to connect and briefly center ourselves in what many refer to as “The reason for the season.” It can bring everyone together without extended coordination or time commitments.

  4. Doodle. Doodle. Doodle. Coloring isn’t just for the kid’s table anymore. Sketching your holiday blessings on butcher paper on the dining room table is fun for all! Write words, draw pictures, doodle away! It’s a chance for Grandma to show off her hand-turkey drawing skills. The children can stay busy before, during, and after dinner until everyone is ready to clean up. Tik Tac Toe, anyone?

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