From Dr. Jane's Notebook

The fine art of family reunions

Family reunions and family gatherings can be wonderfully renewing or emotionally draining. One way or the other, they are always a lot of work. Because people often have great expectations for the holidays, it’s a good idea to think it out ahead of time and develop a plan. Here are a few more thoughts on the matter.

If set up correctly, indoor activities can bring family members of all ages together and create an atmosphere of playfulness. After the meal, turn your dining room table into a space for arts & crafts, a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, and board games like Scrabble or Monopoly. Arts & crafts materials can be as simple as a stack of construction paper, crayons and markers with a sign that invites people to make holiday cards, draw pictures, or just be creative. Shared indoor activities have a way of bringing together young and old to create stronger family bonds and new memories.

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