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10 Holiday Activities That Will Keep Everyone In The Family Entertained

Cookies and crafts! Happy holidays from New York Life Insurance Company.

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3. Hold a generational sweater swap!

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Conduct a seasonal hand-me-down-a-thon where uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, and grandchildren all pass down their tackiest holiday sweaters. Wear the sweater you get next year, but be prepared to swap again!

5. Try a pen-and-paper game while waiting for dinner.

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Have one person write a sentence and the next illustrate beneath it.

Then, fold the paper so the original sentence is hidden, and have someone describe the picture in a sentence below it.

Fold again so the first drawing is hidden, and have another person illustrate the sentence shown.

For a generational twist, instead of having them write sentences, show the pictures to the youngest family members and have them describe what they think is happening to an older participant, who will draw down what they're hearing! It will get silly -- and fun! -- in no time.

7. Paint your family as gingerbread men.

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Get these little guys here. Draw names out of a hat to choose who paints whom, but keep them secret. Then try to guess if you're looking at a gingerbread Great Aunt Vicky or Baby Luke.

8. Try karaokaroling.

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Take caroling to the next level with a karaoke machine -- you could even assign duet partners so you'll finally get to see your conservative grandpa and your neo-goth cousin rock "White Christmas" like you've always wanted.

10. Host a cookie decorating contest.

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Create age brackets. Anyone too old or young to participate becomes a judge! Instead of ranking the cookies, create fun awards for each submission like "Best Use of Sprinkles" and "Most Toppings, Overall."

The only thing better than decorating beautiful cookies with family is eating them afterward.