December : Christmas Thoughts 20

School Christmas parties meant games, be it in teams or as individual players.
The Lincolnshire Ladies group also had games, and home birthday parties as a child too.
But tell me………… those of you who entertain at Christmas, or New Year for that matter, do you play games?

Now get your minds out of the gutter, I am not thinking of naughty games that only adults can play, neither am I thinking of car keys being thrown into a hat on arrival and the owners go home with whoever picked theirs out.
gamesI’m talking about good, clean fun and a change from falling asleep in front of the goggle box.

My parents would often have a New Year party, and on one occasion, nobody turned up because all invitees had gone down with some kind of virus.
The story goes that my Dad decided to meet people off the bus with a tray of sherry (he didn’t make his own wine then) and invite them back to the house. A lot of new friends were made that year.

I’ve had my own share of no-shows, and wasted a lot of food and money in the process. One year, Partner had even secured a barrel of lager which was set up in the kitchen. He was in his element when only a handful of the fifty or so ‘guests’ turned up, and No, no lager was returned, just the barrel. It was the last party I gave there.

I know a few party games though, but you have to know your guests pretty well so as not to offend or embarrass anyone for some of them.
party-guestsOne of the favourites was building a house with people. Some call it Corner Corner Corner.
You select four guests to represent the four corners, and when you point at them, they have to say three times what they are. Then you add other parts of your house one section at a time.
You need at least 1o people, the last of which has to be a good sport with an excellent sense of humour (usually a bloke).
So eventually you’ll have :
4 corners
1 door
2 windows
2 mantels for a fireplace
and a fire.

You, as host, will keep a small drink in your hand (I suggest water in a very small glass),
and one of your other guests will point to ‘the house’ parts in turn and it goes:
Corner, corner, corner (4 people chant)
Door, door, door,
window window window (2 people chant)
Fireplace, fireplace, fireplace (2 people)
then your fire, who in fine voice and in full swing of the atmosphere, will repeat his part three times…………
You can guess what happens with your small glass of water.

mind-readerMy Mum and Dad did a mind reading act called Black Magic.
One of them would leave the room and a guest would choose something that had to be ‘transmitted by thought’ from one to the other.
When they came back in, the Transmitter would point to something and say ‘Is it this?’ and the Reader would say No.
And so it would go on with various things being pointed at and discarded until finally the answer would be yes.
People would insist it was all in the wording, so my folks wouldn’t say anything at all, and still everyone was baffled. It was brilliant, and took me years to work out how it was done.

You can also have Spin the Bottle with a large jar of forfeits, Charades, Twister, Spinning the Broom (best done outside in case of accidents if someone’s had one too many), Apple/Marshmallow bobbing, team games like Pass the balloon (no hands) and Pass the Smartie using a straw, Musical Chairs, and Pass the Parcel of course. Prizes are up to you.
I did a ‘party game post’ when I first started blogging which you can read here if you so wish.

For New Year parties, we also had Kiss the Blarney Stone, and you need a very special and possibly gullible person to go last for that (they get to go first next time it’s played).

Fun times.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to December : Christmas Thoughts 20

  1. We play lots of games – though they tend to be more of the card game variety. We played many Saturday night, when we were at my brother and sister-in-law’s house for Christmas. We also pull out the board games on holidays.

    • We didn’t have any board games other than Scrabble so made our own ludo and snakes and ladders. We play cards and dominoes (multi posts on that) when visiting MOH, and I used to love Monopolyathons.
      Before Hubby and i got together, the cards used to come out after parties had wound down, and I always seemed to be quite lucky until I realised I had won somebody’s rent money so drew the line at playing for cash. Instead, I started our house penny jar so that we all had a share and could place silly bets with no-one losing anything as it all went back at the end.

      • We play euchre – I think it’s traditionally a German game. Most people in the U.S. haven’t heard of it. It’s played for the glory of the win, so no need to exchange money (which is good, because I can’t stand to lose money at games).

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