The holidays are a special time when we get to gather all our loved ones, young and old. It's truly magical to have different generations under one roof, creating unforgettable memories together.

To ensure everyone has a great time it’s also important to make sure everyone feels included and has a chance to connect in meaningful ways. This way no one feels left out, and everyone can fully participate in the joy of the season.

To ensure everyone at your gathering has a great time, we’re sharing four ways to foster meaningful connections among people of all ages.

#1 Playing Card Games

4 Ways to Foster Meaningful Connections: Games

Games are a great way to have fun as a family and something that appeals to many generations. They’re something that people with ranging skill levels can participate in. Everyone loves a game of Rummy or Uno, and aging loved ones may also enjoy teaching the next generation card games that they know and love.

Set up tables and chairs with a variety of different card games, and encourage everyone to sit down and play.

If you need more fun card and board game ideas, you find some great options here

#2 Listen to Christmas Music

4 Ways to Foster Meaningful Connections-Music

Classic Christmas music can be enjoyed by both young and old and can really help to set the tone. No one can be in a bad mood when the Beach Boys start singing Little Saint Nick, right? 

To make things easier for you, we put together a cozy, classic Christmas playlist for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season. This will help to set the tone for connection and all the good vibes at your next holiday party. 

#3 Cook Together

4 Ways to Foster Meaningful Connections-cookbooks

Older generations have so much to teach us, especially when it comes to cooking. Choose a few treats that your grandparents or older relatives love to make and ask them to teach you. It could be their favorite cookie, dessert, appetizer, or something more elaborate. No matter what it is, cooking is one easy way to bring people across all generations together. 

You could also try making something completely different and new together. Trying new foods is a fun way to bond, and kids always love making things as a family. We love to use recipes from these tried and true cookbooks

We also have gathered our favorite Christmas recipes that you can easily choose from. All of them range in difficulty–there’s definitely something for everyone! 

No matter what you decide to make, everyone is sure to have a good time.

#4 Start a Conversation

4 Ways to Foster Meaningful Connections-Conversation Cards

To start a conversation with a group of people can be intimidating, but with conversation cards, it’s easy.

We have sets for holidays, gatherings, and even families. For older generations, our legacy cards are meant to kickstart heartfelt conversation that can even be recorded for future generations to enjoy. 

No matter which set you choose, you’re sure to have an amazing time with family and friends.

Other things you might enjoy doing together are making gingerbread, watching movies (check out our list here), singing karaoke, reading stories or doing Christmas puzzles.

No matter what you choose to do, coming together with intentional activities will help set the tone for bonding, conversation, and connection.

Bridge the Generation Gap 

When planning a gathering with people from different generations, finding activities that cater to everyone's interests is key. It's all about creating an environment where the older generation can share their wisdom and stories, while the younger generation can bring their energy and wit to the table. By curating the perfect mix of activities, you'll help ensure everyone feels engaged and connected, making the gathering truly memorable for all.

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the best cookbooks to gift this year.

the best cookbooks to gift this year.

the best cookbooks to gift this year.

the best cookbooks to gift this year.

the best cookbooks to gift this year.

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