Christmas! The season which celebrates the birth of Jesus; when we spend time with family and friends, indulging in too much good food, and attending endless parties. It's a time of great joy yet it can also be a time of great stress. One of these stresses may be the organization of a church, office or club Christmas party. Here are six of the best Christmas games for groups, if you have the task of planning a party for a large group.
You may like to start with a Christmas icebreaker game where people can be introduced to each other and everyone can begin to enter the joy of a party. "All I Want for Christmas" is one example, where players sit in a circle. One player starts by saying "My name is … All I want for Christmas is …" The next player states their name before saying "All I want for Christmas is. .. "Players continue around the circle. Any player who can not repeat the list of everyone's name and gift is out. You may like to restart the games when the list gets to about 10-12 names to make it a little easier.
Another element of many Christmas parties is a time to exchange gifts where each person brings one gift to a required value (say $ 5). This can be done by conducting a simple raffle, but why not make it into a game? One of the most popular and fun Christmas gift exchange games is the "Left Right Christmas Game." Again, players sit in a circle, each holding a gift. The games leader narrates a story. Each time the word 'left' is mentioned, players pass their gift to the left. Similarly when the word 'right' is spoken, gifts are passed to the right. At the end of the story, each person opens the gift they have at that time.
One of the more active Christmas games for groups is "Balloon Relay." Two teams line up at one end of the room. One team is given a red balloon and a wooden ruler. The other team has a green balloon and ruler. Team players must bat their balloon, using only their ruler, around a chair at the other end of the room and back in a relay.
Younger children may enjoy "Christmas Card Hunt", where each child is given half a card. They must find the matching halves of the Christmas cards which have been scattered around the room. The first child to find three matching halves wins the game.
A Christmas carol game is an interesting way of testing your knowledge of Christmas carols in a team game format. There are a number of games you could play. One example involves one player from the team who is given the name of a carol and must draw a picture. The rest of the team must guess the carol and sing the first verse within a one minute time limit.
Finally, "All Tied Up" is another one of the active Christmas games for groups. Each team forms a circle and is given a ball of twine (one red, one green if possible). The first player winds the twine once around their waist and passes it to the next player who does likewise. The first team to wrap themselves completely in twine wins.
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