Mix up the age groups--Encourage your kids spend time with their grandparents. Get on the floor and play with your nieces/nephews. Share a joke with Uncle John. Get everyone together and tell stories of Christmases past. Look for opportunities to mix up the age groups and let them interact with each other.
Break out the board games--What better way to mix up the age groups than a board game. Trivia games, apple to apples, and scattergories are great ones for getting everyone involved. Playing games together really gets everyone to open up and relax. And you'd be surprised what you might learn about each other when you're laughing.
Start a family tradition--The holidays are all about traditions. Looking at Christmas lights, visiting a live nativity, having a baking day, or going to a Christmas play are all some of the traditions that thrive in our family. Every year my kids look forward to these events and it gives us time to step away and really be together. It's a memory that builds from year to year as the kids grow and reminds us how lucky we are to be together.
Give experience gifts--Give gifts of time and experience. Take your grandmother out to tea. Share a picnic at the park with your nephew. Enjoy an afternoon at the movies with your aunt. Spending time together is a much valued gift that can build on the relationship year round.
What are your favorite ways to connect with family at Christmastime?