Traditional games are formula to happy families at Christmas

We all know that over the festive period that having all the family together under one roof can be stressful, so what better way to keep everyone involved, play games.  However, not just any games, they need to challenge and include everyone.

This year was no different for me, so I wanted to share with you how I survived.

For Christmas Day it was to be the Wii and Wii Sport in the form of tennis and bowls.

wiiIt might be a little ‘last year’ but it certainly had everyone up and moving as the competitive streaks came out as the children took on the oldies and won!  The practising was great fun too!

Boxing Day was all about traditional games and the infamous Christmas quiz and even forfeits.  Definitely a note to myself for next year, I need to brush up on the geography of the UK and know the names of celebrities rather than characters on TV.

So, the props for the entertainment were: a selection of marbles, 12 ping pong balls, a flower pot, a pack of ‘special’ playing cards, a roll of newspaper, a cut out paper fish, a bar of chocolate, a hat, a scarf, a pair of gloves, a large dice, a set of chopsticks, a tray, a wooden ramp and a plastic archway – what were we going to be playing?

It all started off with a traditional game called Pit.

pit Not a game for the meek and mild so, I was fine after watching the first round and got in their.  Pit is a fast-paced card game, designed to simulate open outcry bidding for commodities and it certainly did that.  A great ice breaker.

Then, it was onto a game of precision which included a plastic archway with three arches, a wooden shoot (similar to a ski jump) and 12 marbles and the aim was to get the marbles down the shoot and through the arches to score the highest points.  I have to say I was pretty impressed with myself and out of 12 managed to come 5th.  However, when you have people trying to upset your concentration with a monkey – see image not easy.

sarah at Xmas

For some physical action it was onto the ‘fish game’ Fish


newspaperand note to myself don’t play against your partner as they tend to cheat!   All I can say, is I felt sorry for the fish as we wacked the life out of it with the roll of newspaper to make it move across the carpet.  It is not as easy as you think or how I remember it.

Then, Ping pong balls and a wooden board and a plant pot sounds easy but I’d like to see you get them into the plant pot while sitting on a chair.

Firm favourite with everyone the traditional chocolate game

choc gamewell what can I say everyone still had space to eat chocolate.  However do not sit next to your partner who continuously threw a six as I was putting on the hat, gloves and scarf.  However, I did eventually manage to get some chocolate but boy it’s a dangerous game with all the pushing and shoving and grabbing and that was the adults!

And, lastly we had another game of concentration and precision as you had to pick up marbles with chopsticks and place them in an up turned flower pot all in 30 seconds.    The marbles were on a tray and you could only use one hand so knowing how to use chopsticks was certainly an advantage, so that was me out.

My point is, all the games brought the family together and it involved everyone of all ages from four years old up to 80 years old as nobody was left on the side lines.

So, next time you are having a family gathering, why not think back to your childhood and come up with a couple of traditional games to play.   If you can’t think of traditional games then get out the board games and have some fun and laughter.

It certainly made for a happy festive season with family and no arguments, those came on the days to follow!


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