Get Your Holiday Game On


Tis the season to party.

The holidays are a time for festive family fun.  However, the key successful entertaining is to have a host of activities on hand for guests of all ages.

The following Christmas-themed games and projects are sure to keep your guests in the holiday spirit long after they leave your home:

Christmas Sing-Off:  Instead of bundling up to go caroling outdoors, host a karaoke contest inside using holiday-themed tunes.  Or, you could have your guests split into groups and sing favorite songs a cappella.

Trivia:  Go online to retrieve a bunch of holiday-themed trivia questions, and then print a list of the queries on paper placemats to give your guests something fun to do while they’re waiting for their meal to be served.

Skits:  Divide your guests into groups that feature adults, teens and young children.  Then, come up with short, comical, holiday-themed skits to perform in front of everyone.

Homemade Gifts:  Have your guests put together simple homemade gifts to give to the friends and family members who were not able to attend the party.  Some easy ideas include a melted snowman, which includes filling a small glass jar with water, black buttons, and a carrot. Add a label that says “Melted Snowman” and stick on a coupon for free snow removal courtesy of you or your children.  Another idea is to make a gag gift, such as Snowman Poop.  Just fill a bag with white chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, and then print out a clip art image of a snowman and attach it to a tag that says “Snowman Poop.”

Contests:  Play “Pin the Nose on Rudolph,” “Pin the Beard on Santa” or “Pin the Star on the Christmas Tree.”  Hang up a Christmas piñata in the basement and let your younger guests take a whack at it.  Play Santa Says instead of Simon Says.  Or, have a Christmas cookie eating contest.  The player who can devour the most cookies in two minutes is the winner.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.