Games for Kids and Family Time
“Christmas snow can never disappear completely. It sometimes goes away for almost a year at a time and takes the form of spring and summer rain. But you can bet your boots that when a good, jolly December wind kisses it, it will turn into Christmas snow all over again.” – Santa Claus in Frosty the Snowman
Whether you are hosting a Christmas party, or just hanging out with the family around the Christmas Tree, these 11 games will sure add some pizzazz to your night.
1. Reindeer Ring Toss
2. Elf Hat Ring Toss
3. Find it There is a list of small toys to find inside of the tube. A great way to keep kids entertained, especially at restaurants for Christmas Dinners or long card rides during the holiday season.
4. Legos – Lego Christmas Advent Calendar
5. Memory – A fun matching game for young kids.
6. Pin the Hat on the Polar Bear – Similar to pin the tale on the donkey, this is a fun game for kids to play at parties.
7. Christmas Trivia Card Game for Kids
8. 3D Glasses – These will create a special glow at any light show, use these when you go our your Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt.
Play a game of “Candy Canes,” for loads of fun and laughs. This is an elimination game, and the more people that play, the more fun it is! It’s easy to play and fun for all ages. You can sit at the table, but it’s also fun to make a circle around the floor(especially if your family gets competitive). The goal of the game is to get four cards of a kind.
This is how the game is played:
Arrange the Candy Canes in a small circle. Throughout the game you will use one less candy cane then the number of people playing. For instance, if you have five people, you will have four candy canes. The dealer will pass out four cards to each player. Once everyone has their four cards the dealer will place the remaining deck face down and draw a card off the top of the deck (having five cards in the dealers hand). The dealer will then discard one card face down to the person to his or her left. This will continue around the table with each person picking up the card passed to them and then discarding a card to their left. The very last person will create a “garbage pile.” In the event that the dealer goes through the whole deck, then the “garbage pile,” will be used to draw from. The first person to get four of a kind will take a candy cane. This is the fun part. You can try to be sneaky about it and see if anyone notices, sometimes the game will keep going a few passes before anyone notices, or you can just dive in and claim it. Once the first candy cane is taken everyone must scramble to grab a candy cane. Like musical chairs, someone will be left in the dust. Either way it is a blast and sure to be hysterical! The person left without a candy cane gets an elimination letter, “C.” Once the word C-A-N-D-Y (Shorter Version) or C-A-N-D-Y C-A-N-E-S is spelled out that person is out of the game. To make it more fun and competitive, if some one breaks a candy cane, they get two letters, for instance, “C-A.” (If all the candy canes get broken, you can always switch to spoons!) Players keep playing until there is only one person left. The last person to not have, Candy or Candy Canes spelled out is the winner! Use any crushed candy canes as a topper over whipped cream in some hot cocoa.
10. Santa’s Sleigh Ride – A fun and educational game that takes you across the globe in Santa’s Sleigh.
11. Hog Wild Holiday Elf Popper
12. Hasbro Pie Face! – This is an added bonus that is to fun not to share. Don’t believe us? Check out the funny videos on YouTube!
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Take the time to snuggle up with your little ones and read Christmas stories before bedtime. To make it more exciting, take any Christmas books you have and wrap them in pretty Christmas paper. Each night before bedtime have your kids pick a book and unwrap it to read before bedtime. If you have a smaller collection of books, count how many you have and start later in the month. For instance, if you have ten books start December 15th. To increase your collection see if you can snag any Christmas books at the local Thrift stores. If not, you can always order them online to save some time. We compiled some recommended family reads – check out the 25 Days of Christmas books Stocking Stuffers Guide as complied for you.