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Games to help break the ice at Christmas reunions

December 20, 2018 – Carla Delgado

Christmas season can be a little stressful sometimes. There are lots of gifts you have to buy, decorating the house just seems so tiring, and to top it off, deadlines have piled on at work. You’re probably elbow-deep in your to-do lists already, and if you’re about to host a Christmas gathering, you’ll be needing ideas on how to entertain guests.

To add fun and festivity to your gatherings, you can never go wrong with party games. Plus, it's an effective way to delay the usual relationship questions and weight commentaries from relatives! 

Filipinos are very competitive when it comes to games and love winning prizes. Before you know it, hours have passed and it’s time to clean up. It doesn't matter if you’re with your workmates, friends, or family, there are all sorts of games you could enjoy as a group. Here are some party game ideas that are sure to lighten the mood:

Eat the Snowball

Materials needed: marshmallows

The players are divided into two teams. Each team will assign someone to throw the snowballs (in the form of marshmallows) into their teammates’ mouths. If the teammates successfully catch it, they score a point. The team who scores the most points in a minute wins. To make the game more exciting, you can twist the rules and shorten the time limit, or for that extra challenge, you can have the players throw marshmallow snowballs with their backs turned from their teammates.

Naughty or Nice

Materials needed: two huge boxes of mixed green and red items, four baskets

Divide the players into two groups. Each group gets a huge box full of green and red items, as well as two baskets labeled “Naughty” or “Nice.” The objective of the game is to successfully segregate the red items to the “Naughty” basket and the green items to the “Nice” basket. The group that finishes the fastest wins the game.

Christmas Human Bingo

Materials needed: previously prepared Human Bingo sheets, pens

This is a great ice-breaker game as it helps the guests get to know each other. This is perfect for family reunions and it’s not that complicated to facilitate. This is like a normal Human Bingo game, but the descriptions on the boxes are Christmas-related.

To make the game sheets, you will need to draw a huge square that’s divided into 9 boxes. Christmas-related descriptions would be written on each one, with the middle box remaining as a blank or bonus tile. For example: Person who got a gift they didn’t like from their secret Santa, gave a present to someone they hated, or didn’t receive a 13th-month pay—you get the drill.

All the players must go around the room to find people who fit the description. If they do, the name of the player would be written on the sheet. Players are only allowed to write once on another participating player’s sheet, too. It’s also important to note that you cannot write your own name on your own bingo sheet no matter how much you match the description. No cheating! The first player to have names on all the boxes wins.