Before Ipads, Play Stations and TV, families actually spoke to one another during the holidays: they played games, told stories by the fire, and created memories. This year, after the presents have been opened and dinner devoured, turn off the television and break out some fun family games to get everyone laughing….even the couch potato in your group. Check out some of our traditional and new games that will entertain the young and old.
1. Lie Detector
This is great when you are sitting around the table, too full to move. Each player shares three things about themselves. Two of these must be true and one false. Everyone in the group gets the chance to interrogate the speaker. The group grills the speaker to discover how well they can back up their claims.
When everyone has had the chance to ask their questions, the group decides together which statement they believe to be the false one. This is the most fun part as everyone struggles to reach a consensus. When a majority decision has been reached, you announce your verdict and discover whether you’ve successfully deciphered fact from fiction. Watch out for hesitation, faintly concealed smiles and discreet blushing. by the Daily Telegraph
2. Pass the Orange
Arrange for teams of about eight to stand in a line, one behind the other (arranged boy, girl, boy…). Give each team an orange, which the first person should tuck under his chin. This should be passed to the person behind. When the orange gets to the last person, they come to the front of the line and start again. The winning team is the first one to get their starting person to the front again. by theholidayspot.com
3. Newlywed Game, Cousin Edition:
Divide people up into couples, but not husband/wife. Try pairs like friend-friend, mother-son, brother-sister and cousins. Each pair writes a list of questions to ask the others: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Where would your dream vacation take you? Would you rather be beautiful or rich? Each team asks the other couples the list of questions, and one member of each couple writes down what they think their partner would say. Then, go around the circle and compare answers, awarding points for matches. The team with the most points wins!
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Traditional Game Ideas to Keep the Laughs Coming
Family Talent Show/American Idol Family Edition: Discover the hidden talents of your family and friends, whether it’s singing, juggling, dancing or joke-telling
Dance Competition: Solo or duets, crank up the music and see who’s a star!
Musical Chairs with Christmas music
Outside Games: Work off the pie with Relay Races, Potato Sack races, Plastic Ornament on a Spoon Race, Find the Candy Cane Hide and Seek
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