When the Christmas season arrives, you know it's time to throw a party for your family and friends to enjoy. Before you send out those invitations, try thinking of just what kind of party you want to have. That involves thinking of some Christmas games perfect for a group of family members.
Start the party by testing your family's knowledge of all things Christmas related. Before the game, research the history of Christmas, including folklore, music and all other interesting aspects of the holiday. Write down on separate index cards questions and answers concerning Christmas. Try to make different cards for children and adults, and separate the cards into categories: songs, history and miscellaneous. Begin the game by dividing the players into two teams, mixing the adults with the children to keep things fair. Tell the teams the category of the question as well as whether it's a hard or easy question. The team then consults with each other and selects a family member to answer the question. Then, ask both of the chosen players the question. The first player to ring the bell gets to answer the question first. If he guesses correctly, he gets a point. If not, the other player gets to answer. The game continues until you have used all the trivia questions. The team with the most points wins.
If you have a lot of jingle bells lying around the house, put them to good use with this game. Position a chair in the middle of the room and place some bells beneath it. Select a player from the group to play Santa and have him sit in the chair, facing away from the players. All other players remain at the other side of the room. When ready, point to one of the players. He has to make his way to the chair and attempt to steal one of the bells from under Santa's chair. Meanwhile, if Santa hears a player approaching, he shouts out "Ho! Ho! Ho!" If a player is, in fact, about to steal a bell, Santa switches places with the thief. The game continues with several rounds until you want to move on to another activity.
If your family loves to sing Christmas carols, this is the game for them. Before the game, think of several classic Christmas songs your family members know well. Songs like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "White Christmas" work well. Write each Christmas song on two separate slips of paper, placing all of the papers inside a bowl. When ready to play the game, pass the bowl around to all the players and have them pick out a paper. After everyone has read their papers, count to three. All the players start humming the Christmas carols written on their papers. They also have to listen closely to find the person humming the same carol as them. The first pair to find each other wins the game.