Everyone knows Christmas is a time for families, but sometimes all that togetherness can leave you feeling a little overwhelmed. This is particularly true if there are children in your family, especially if the weather is too poor for everyone to go for a walk or play outside. You can mix things up a bit by suggesting a few Christmas games that everyone can play indoors.
For this game, you gather green garland or crepe paper, ribbons, bows, tape and Christmas ornaments, then everyone decorates Grandpa (or Mom, or the boss) as a Christmas tree. This game can become an annual tradition, and it provides some priceless photographic opportunities.
Make up a list, in advance, of 20 or so Christmas-related things you can ask for, such as, “I’m looking for the person who wrote the longest list to Santa this year” or “I need the person who can say ‘Merry Christmas’ the most times in 10 seconds.” When the group has decided who this person is, you give the winner a small prize (such as a candy cane) and ring the bell again. Repeat until you’ve asked all your questions. This game can get a little loud, so it’s a good ice-breaker.
In this relay race, you use a spoon to take a single piece of candy from a bowl, carry it across the room and then drop it into a stocking hanging there before passing the spoon to the next player on your team. The team who fills its stocking first wins. To even the playing field, if you’re playing a multigenerational game, let the younger players hold the spoon in their hands but require older players to carry it in their mouths.
For this three-legged race with a holiday twist, buy several of the oversized Christmas stockings that are big enough to put two feet inside. Have your guests team up in pairs, stand next to each other and each put a leg into the stocking, holding it up at the top so it won’t come off. Line your teams up along one end of the room and have them race to the other side. The first team to make it with its stocking still in place wins.