Just because the gifts are opened and the paper strewn about the living room, doesn’t suggest the joys of Christmas is over. Add some Christmas party games to extend the fun of Christmas.
If you’ve a large gathering on Christmas day, have a great time with the hat game. When they arrive, give everybody a Santa hat. These are inexpensive and can be bought for $1 at the dollar store, or even less in bulk, if you plan in advance. As everyone goes about their business of getting food, chatting with others and so on, the room will look extraordinarily festive with everyone wearing their Santa hats.
However, the object of this game is to not have your hat on. As people forget about the hats, the object is to get rid of your hat and not be the last one wearing a Santa hat.
Inevitably there will be one person so wrapped up in a dialogue or the buffet table, they forget to take off their hat and should be left the game’s loser. This is a game that may be played again and again as you head forward with the day’s festivities.
One fun memory game that children especially like is to make everybody give serious attention to all the gifts that are opened on Christmas day. After the gifts are removed from the room ( or you remove yourselves from the gift room ) have everybody try and remember every single gift everyone got. Include stockings and any food gifts.
Tell folk they just have to remember the things that were opened that day, not any gifts they received and opened before Christmas day. This can be a fun game that is particularly favored by youngsters because they like to relive the gift magic. In addition, if they were so submerged with their own gifts they did not notice any one else’s, this is an even chance for them to teach themselves about what everyone got that day.
If you want a game to keep everybody busy before dinner, try the Christmas party games called “guess me” or “who’s that”. Buy some large heavy socks, not low-rise, but the type that are worn outside in winter that are thick and come at least to the calf. Put several items in the socks. Make sure matching items are in each sock. These items should be related to Christmas in some way.
You might include a small ornament, scotch tape, a pinecone, a Hershey’s kiss, and such. Have each person feel the socks ( having 2 socks just makes the game go quicker, but you can play with only 1 sock ), and write down their estimates about what is in the socks. Be sure to tell everyone how many items are in each sock. The winner gets, you guessed it…one of the socks!
If you have a bunch of wanna-be performers in your group on Christmas day, what about playing a little game of “Christmas Idol”? Set up a small table for the “judges” and have groups of 2 folks ( or individuals, if they want ) to sing a Christmas carol. Tell them to have a lot of fun with the track, and even add a Santa hat or other dress-up items if they wish.
The winners can take home a CD of Christmas music. This game is very fun if just the children need to perform and be judged by the adults, or if, conversely, the adults perform, and are judged by the children.