5 meaningful family activities to enjoy during the holidays

5 meaningful family activities to enjoy during the holidays

Whether you're hosting out-of-town guests or family is visiting from just up the road, the holidays are a time for loved ones to gather and spend quality time together. For many families, this is a special occasion where multiple generations bond and enjoy each other while celebrating the season.

Having grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, kids — and maybe even great-grandkids — together at the same time is truly a special experience. If you're going to enjoy a multigenerational holiday, you'll want to make the most of this special occasion. These five ideas will bring everyone together while creating memories to last a lifetime.

1. Create family recipes together

Food and family go hand in hand. Whether it's a recipe that's been handed down over the years or you want to explore a new flavor, consider cooking or baking as a way to bring different generations together. You can choose a dish and everyone can help or if you want to add a little competition into the mix, pair up in child/adult teams and see who can make the best appetizer, dessert, chili, etc.

2. Flip through photo albums

Sharing stories brings people closer and it's a fun way to learn about traditions and generational experiences. Add visuals to those stories and you have the recipe for memorable moments. That means it's time to dust off the old photo albums and share recollections from the past. Look back at school pictures, remember celebrations from yesteryear and laugh over the different styles embraced throughout the decades. Pictures really help connect generations and bring stories alive.

3. Schedule a multigenerational photography session

It's not often everyone is in the same place at the same time, so consider using this as an opportunity for professional photography at JCPenney Portraits. It's a fun group activity, plus you'll get a lasting keepsake that will be cherished for generations to come. Plus, right now you can enjoy a limited-time Home for the Holidays offer:

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4. Host a holiday movie night

Grab the blankets, stock up on snacks and gather around for a classic holiday movie night with loved ones. Consider a timeless cinematic tale that Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed growing up and want to share with everyone today. Along with the movie, add to the fun by sampling old-fashioned and vintage candies that can be found online and at specialty shops. Of course you must have popcorn, too!

5. Board game night

There's nothing like a little friendly competition to bring people of different ages together. Plan an evening where everyone shares in the fun by playing board games. You can customize games based on the ages of people who are attending the event, but there are virtually endless options that will engage young to old. If you don't have many board games, consider borrowing from friends or neighbors, or visiting your local thrift store to find options for just a few dollars. When in doubt, cards and dominoes are options that never go out of style.

The JCPenney Portraits experts wish happy holidays to your entire family from young to young at heart! Have a wonderful holiday season making the memories that make the season so magical.