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Making Holiday Memories With Grandkids

The holidays are a special time for us to come together as families to reconnect, enjoy each other’s company and reflect on many good memories of the past.

For grandparents, it is an especially important opportunity to spend time with their grandkids and create cherished memories. 

These are a few suggestions of things to do with grandkids during the holidays:

  • Have the grandchildren ask family members for their favorite holiday foods and create a family holiday cookbook.
  • Teach the younger family members to how make their favorite dishes by involving them in the cooking process.
  • Take grandchildren shopping for gifts to give others. It will help them learn that holidays are also about giving gifts, not just receiving gifts.
  • Have a holiday pajama party. All generations can wear their holiday pj’s, eat popcorn and enjoy favorite holiday movies together.
  • Do something your family never has done together before. Go ice fishing, take a painting class or enjoy a treasure hunt. If it turns out to be a fun time, make it an annual tradition.

Grandparents have many activities they can enjoy with grandchildren, but remember, you don’t have to do every tradition every year. The main goal is to have fun and create memories.

As your grandkids get older, you can ask them what things they would like to add to the holiday festivities. By enjoying some family traditions and creating new ones, your grandkids will remember and look forward to these special times year after year.

Contact your county office of NDSU Extension for more information about grandparenting or visit for the “Making Memories for Grandchildren” publication.


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