Happy Holidays to one and all!
If you have a houseful, as I do, you may be wondering how you’re going to entertain them.
Play Christmas charades, that old-fashioned game that calls for ingenuity and innovation!
- Conversation dwindling? Play charades! They’re perfect since no talking is allowed.
- Can’t get the young people off their new high tech toys? Play charades. Celebrate the low tech!
- Is your group a little lethargic from turkey or sugar cookie overload? Step lively with an active game!
My charades aren’t overly original, but I had fun coming up with them. Categories are Activities, Carols/Songs, Movies/TV Shows, Foods, and Books/Poems.
Remember, no talking in charades! Actors may act out the entire charade or take it word by word (or even parts of words). Play in teams or as individual players. (You can also pair a little kid with a teenager or adult.) Small prizes are recommended for the winners (well actually, prizes might be nice for everyone. It’s Christmas!)
If you copy this list onto a document, you can space it out a bit and then print. Cut the paper into small strips, fold them, and place them in a holiday box or stocking. You get to be the Grand Marshall.
Photo: Grandson Maze warming up for our holiday charades. I added “Baby Jesus in the pageant” just for him.
Activity: Santa coming down the chimney
Activity: Rudolph’s nose shining brightly
Activity: The Grinch taking all the presents
Activity: Decorating the Christmas tree
Activity: Baby Jesus in the pageant.
Activity: Frosty melting away
Activity: Christmas caroling
Activity: Rolling and baking sugar cookies
Activity: Kissing under the mistletoe
Carol/Song: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Carol/Song: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Carol/Song: Feliz Navidad
Carol/Song: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Carol/Song: The Little Drummer Boy
Carol/Song: The Friendly Beasts
Movie/TV: White Christmas
Movie/TV: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Movie/TV: Charlie Brown’s Christmas
Movie/TV: Miracle on 34th Street
Movie/TV: Home Alone
Movie/TV: It’s a Wonderful Life
Movie/TV: Love, Actually
Food: Egg Nog
Food: Cookies and Milk (for Santa)
Food: Fruit Cake
Food: Candy Canes
Food: Turkey and stuffing
Poem/Book: A Christmas Carol
Poem/Book: Skipping Christmas
Poem/Book: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Poem/Book: The Polar Express
Poem/Book: The Night Before Christmas
Poem/Book: Christmas is Coming, the Goose Is Getting Fat
Poem/Book: The Christmas Box
P.S. Before they begin each charade, players should use silent signals to indicate the category:
Activity: Wiggle hands in air.
Carol/Song: Open singing mouth.
Movie/TV: Draw a box in the air
Food: Pretend to eat with a spoon or fork
Poem/Book: Hold out hands to make a book