Get creative this Christmas and play games the whole family will love.
I don’t know about you, but once the wrapping paper is binned, the batteries run out on new toys and the turkey has well and truly disappeared, Christmas Day can hit a bit of a wall for us.
So this year I'm putting as much thought into the Christmas Day games as I am the gifts!
Santa’s Scavenger Hunt
Have your kids been gifted gallons of lollies? Then rather than let them devour them double time, set up a scavenger hunt in the spirit of sharing, so all the cousins can dip into the sugary delights also! If it’s a nice day, take this game outside so they can have a good old-fashioned run around!
Got a lot of excess wrapping paper, boxes and ribbons laying around after gifts have been torn open? Don’t throw them out! Keep them in as good condition as you can and set up a craft area in the afternoon for the kids to create decorations and gift boxes for next years bounty!
Or get them to make some new creations from all the packaging. Can they make a robot? A boat? A dog or even a Santa?
This is a favourite family game of ours as it’s the perfect way to get information from the kids about their day around the dinner table! Ask each guest to say two true Christmas gifts they’ve been given in the past, and one false.
Then the others have to all vote on which is the little white lie! This can be very funny when outrageous gifts of Christmases past come into play!
Want to bring the generations together? Pair off different generations into groups of two or three and give them one Christmas theme to write a short rap about - which they can pick out of a hat.
When the kids are the riff-writers and the grandparents are dropping the rhymes the result is nothing short of hilarious!
Christmas Time Capsule
This is one sentimental game that just won’t quit. Take a photo of all your Christmas day guests and print them out.
Each person has to then write a note on what they wish for the year, or for others, on the back. Then pop it in a box and bury it in the garden or ask the host to hide it for next year.
This is a gorgeous gesture to maintain memories for years to come.
If you don't have a printer, another lovely way to do this is to ask guests to sit in pairs and draw each other, or a simple note in the time capsule will suffice!
Memory Lane Charades
This is another hilarious game – especially after the long, wine-infused Christmas lunch!
Pick a family event – or one that each guest knows about as a memorable moment of the year gone by – and act it out in charades style. Whoever picks the winner goes next. This could include the birth of a child, a new job, a scene from a series you all watched and loved together, a romantic anniversary or even a local or international event that resonated with you all.
Random Acts of Kindness
It's worth wording up the kids on this one the night before Christmas to avoid tears! Take one of your gifts – big or small – and attach a note to it. Walk around the block together as a family or group of friends and drop one gift each into a neigbours home – wither anonymously or face-to-face.
This is a wonderful gesture for those you know have had a particularly hard year or locals that are elderly and alone. If you live near an old peoples home, there is nothing like the feeling when you hand out candy to them and have a chat on a day that is all about connecting with others.
We do this each year and it’s a tradition that began with my parents.. and is still going strong! (Also a great one for Easter post-egg hunt!)