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The holiday season is a great time to create beautiful, loving memories with grandchildren. These memories can provide comfort during difficult or uncertain times. They can also become the foundation for traditions that are passed down to future generations. Here are some simple ways to spend time with grandkids during the holidays: 

Start a family tree. 

One of the greatest gifts to offer a child is ancestral knowledge. Learning about our ancestors can be a lifelong journey. One great way to begin with grandkids is by starting a family tree. Start simple by creating a tangible visual using poster board, construction paper, glue, and markers to identify names, birth dates, and places of birth. Visit AARP’s genealogy resource guide for helpful websites where you can uncover information.

Plan a movie night (or two). 

Do you remember going to the movies as a child or enjoying watching movies with friends? You can create a fun experience with grandkids, whether you get to be with them in person or through the computer screen. Pick a movie screening time, create digital or paper admission tickets, and provide a mix of snacks. If you’re creating a virtual experience, then you can order a meal for kids and watch a movie through the screen together. 

Perform together. 

There’s no limit to the imagination, here. You can dress up in costumes, use props, and create new language and accents. You may discover something about your grandkids’ talents! One simple way to start out is by thinking up a holiday-themed poem or song together. 

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