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Family Fun Activities for the Holidays

The holidays are rapidly approaching and many families are looking for fun activities to entertain their house guests.  Keeping the little ones entertained and Grandpa out of the kitchen while the food prep and cooking ensues can be the difference between a burnt bird and a delicious meal that has Emeril Lagasse blushing with pride.

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Here are our Top 10 family traditions that you can try with your family during the upcoming holidays.

  1. Family Game Night: This is a great way to bond with your family and have fun together. You can play board games, card games, or even video games.  We recommend Monopoly, Uno, Sorry, Mario Cart and Madden 24
  2. Family Movie Night: Pick a movie that everyone will enjoy and watch it together. Don’t forget the popcorn!  We recommend The Nightmare Before Christmas, Holidate, Love Hard , Trains Planes and Automobiles and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.  For a G Rated evening, try A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Free Birds
  3. Family Outings: Go on a hike, visit a museum, or go to the beach. Spending time together outside of the house is a great way to bond.
  4. Silly Games: Play games like charades, Pictionary, or even Twister. These games are sure to bring laughter and joy to your family.
  5. Cooking Activities: Cook a meal together or bake some cookies. This is a great way to teach your kids how to cook and spend quality time together.
  6. Family Crafts: Make some crafts together like painting, drawing, or even scrapbooking. This is a great way to get creative and make memories.
  7. Local Orange County, CA Upcoming Events: Check out local events like the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade or the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. These events are sure to be fun for the whole family.  In Los Angeles, walk along the cannels of Naples Island in Long Beach to see an elaborate display of Christmas Lights or the iconic LA Zoo lights in Griffith Park.
  8. Family Sports Day: Play some sports together like basketball, soccer, or even frisbee. This is a great way to get some exercise and have fun together.
  9. Family Talent Show: Have everyone in the family show off their talents like singing, dancing, or even telling jokes. This is a great way to showcase everyone’s unique skills.
  10. Family Volunteer Day: Volunteer at a local charity or organization together as a family. This is a great way to give back to your community and teach your kids about the importance of helping others.

For Thanksgiving-specific traditions:

  • Turkey Trot: Participate in a local turkey trot race on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner: Host a potluck-style Thanksgiving dinner where everyone brings their favorite dish.
  • Thanksgiving Crafts: Make some Thanksgiving-themed crafts like handprint turkeys or paper pumpkins.  Here is one of our family favorites from our past, Turkey Craft

For Christmas-specific traditions:

  • Christmas Lights Tour: Drive around town and look at Christmas lights.
  • Christmas Caroling: Go caroling in your neighborhood.
  • Christmas Tree Decorating: Decorate your Christmas tree as a family.

Building family traditions creates a lifetime of memories that get passed down for generations to come.  Set your family legacy by using these ideas to help you create some fun family traditions!

Written by FTM Partner and Contributor

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