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30 Great Things to Do With Grandkids

This holiday season, put a new twist on old traditions — or start some new ones

family activities during the christmas season- a grandfather plays chess with his grandson

Invite an older neighbor over who can teach your grandchild something new. — Ocean/Corbis

21. Too snowy or cold to get out and see the local holiday light displays? Take an online light tour together. Search for local light displays or favorite landmarks. Try or to see some hilarious photos of decorations gone awry.

22. Can't manage a family golf outing this year? Everyone can golf their favorite courses virtually from home or at an indoor golf simulator.

23. Have an indoor picnic while the cold winds blow outside. Spread blankets on the floor and cook popcorn, hot dogs and marshmallows in the fireplace. You won't miss the ants!

24. Get the whole family involved in sending a care package to a soldier who is deployed overseas. Visit Operation Shoebox or Any Solider for ideas and information about how to participate.

25. Do you know which Christmas carol is represented by the phrase "The Quadruped with the Vermilion Proboscis"? Why it's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" of course! Play the Carol Game with more of these riddles and see which family member can name the most carols! Creating cross-generational teams is a good way to encourage interaction.

26. Get family team bowling shirts made and take the whole group to a local bowling alley. Have a trophy for the team who wins and one for the family member with the lowest score.

27.  Have a Stealing Santa gift exchange — sometimes called a White Elephant, Yankee Swap or Dirty Santa. Everyone bring gifts, ranging from serious to silly, with an agreed upon price limit. You can find more details on how to stage this hilarious competition to get the "best" gift online.

28.  Set up a webcam during holiday meals and gift exchanges, so family members who can't be there can still participate from afar. If you can't make it work in real time, tape it and send it off. You'll also have a permanent documentary of your family's gathering.

29. Widen your family circle by reaching out to older neighbors who won't have family celebrations. You'll make new memories, bring joy to their lives and also teach younger family members about the spirit of the season.

30. Incorporate holiday traditions from around the world at You can learn how to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, research your own cultural traditions and learn about other countries.

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