Four Fun Games For Christmas

Every Christmas we go through the obligatory shopping, cooking, getting together, and creating fun for everyone. We make sure there’s the annual talent show for every kid in the family. But fun is not complete without games. Here in this article we will show you four games that will surely bring your Christmas to a whole new level of fun:

1. Guess What?!

Everyone who played this game get to love it. It’s super simple and fun. Here’s the mechanics: first, you have to prepare a list of items such as an object, place, person, animal, or event. Then divide the participants into two or three groups (or how many you want). Each group will choose a representative who will act out the item that s/he randomly picked. The group will then have to guess what is being acted within a time limit, let’s say one minute. If they guess it, they get one point and they get to guess again. If they fail, other groups can steal.

2. The Number Game

This game is also fun and easy, anybody can do it. First, gather the family as one big group. The group leader (whomever you fancy) will call out a specific number. For instance, the leader calls out five. The players will have to form groups of five and make sure they belong in one. If a player cannot be a member of a group because the number has been reached, s/he is out of the game. The number that has to be called out should not exceed half of the number of the participants. Also, as the game progresses, the number should get higher to make the game more intense.

3. Catch the Winking Murderer

For a more serious (but fun) game, the winking murderer is your best bet. Every player will sit in a circle except the detective. Before the game starts the group decides on who the murderer is. Then the mystery begins. The winking murderer will “kill” players by winking at them, and the killed players let out a blood-curdling scream when they see the murderer winking at them. The detective has three chances to guess who the murderer is. Upon failure, the group decides the consequence.

4. Twelve Days of Christmas Relay

This game will surely put the kids into frenzy. For this game you will need a collection of items that will symbolize the lyrics of the Christmas song “Twelve Days of Christmas”. For example, think of an object that will represent the line “partridge in the pear tree”. You have to make sure that the kids will know which line the items represent. You can get photos on the Internet.

Divide the kids into two groups. Provide them with complete sets of the items. Then place two buckets at the end of the room. The goal is to put the items that match the lyrics in the right order at the fastest possible time. So the first kid will search for the item that matches the lyric “partridge in the pear tree” then run to the bucket at the other side of the room. The next kid (waiting by the bucket) will run to the items and do likewise. The first group that gathers all their items in the bucket wins. 

Living the Spirit of Christmas Every Day

Well, this is as cliché as cliché gets but still worth writing about over and over again. The spirit of Christmas exists even when it’s not December. In a world filled with materialistic whims and inclinations, it is always great to read stories of generosity, kindness, and compassion. The true meaning of Christmas goes beyond the season or occasion, as exemplified by the following stories:

Couple Foots $485 Bill for Teachers and Their Autism Students

In New Jersey, a couple decided to shoulder the $485 bill for a class of students with autism. This does not sound grand at all but it certainly expresses the message of compassion and generosity. Refusing to be identified, a couple who had their lunch at a New Jersey restaurant saw a group of 25 students with autism dining out to be learn proper behavior in a social environment. Unknown to the students and the teachers and paraprofessionals who were with them, the couple paid the group’s bill at the restaurant. That’s why when the teachers asked for their bill, the manager told them that it was already paid by the kind couple. This happened not on Christmas Day but on a date designated as the National Teacher Appreciation Day—and the generous couple apparently knew it and wanted to offer the teachers and students a present.

Magician Prankster Inspires Generosity

In a heartwarming story published on the CBC News community blog, a  prankster raised $54,000 to buy a house for a homeless man. Popular YouTuber Rahat Hossain, known as the “magician prankster,” initiated crowdfunding endeavor to provide shelter for a homeless man named Eric. In his video entitled “Homeless Lottery Winner,” he “pranked” Eric by giving him a fake lottery that was supposed to be encashed in a convenience store. Hossain connived with the convenience store cashier to hand Eric the $1,000 prize for the supposedly winning lottery ticket. As Eric claimed the money, his reaction was caught on a video which has since earned more than 16 million views.

Many of those who have seen the video expressed interest in helping Eric further. In response, Hossain set up a crowdfunding campaign on the site Fundly.com. The goal was to raise $20,000 but the funds collected has already reached $54,000 as more donors were motivated by a follow-up video Hossain posted. With the money, Hossain was able to hand to Eric a home. Of course, this has been documented in another YouTube video.

Christmas in May

Thanks to the benevolence of couples, Karen and Bill Mcneill and Cliff and Joyce Alexander, children in Piqua, Ohio are getting their Christmas in May as a new set of swings were installed at the Piqua park. The idea of having new swings installed in the park was floated by the Alexander couple during the holidays. They shared the idea with the Mcneills, resulting in the collaborative donation that is now putting smiles on the faces of children in Piqua. The donation is certainly nowhere near the values of what famous philanthropists are giving. However, it’s heartwarming to see everyday people doing things for others without expecting anything in return.

Stories of kindness and generosity never fail to uplift or warm hearts. These stories motivate people to do similar acts or at least show compassion for others. Christmas should not be limited by the date or period. The spirit of love, selfless giving, generosity, and acknowledgement of other peoples’ goodness should extend to all days of the year. It even feels better when these acts of kindness are done by ordinary people who don’t have much to give but are trying to give something nonetheless.

I Lost My Mother On Christmas

Let me share you the story of how I lost my mother one Christmas Eve. No, this is not a tragedy. It’s quite funny, actually.

I grew up in Kansas in an average family. Nothing too much, everything was just enough. My school lunch consisted of once chicken sandwich, one orange, and one bottle of water. Sometimes there would be cookies if I had been a good girl. My father was a worker at factory of The Cheesecake Factory. My mother was a librarian.

Growing up, we always celebrated Christmas in the same simple way – we had turkey, pasta, cake, juice, cookies, and of course cheesecakes. My brother and I especially loved mother’s apple pie because she put a secret ingredient in it that I still do not know until now.

Then we had to grow up and leave Kansas. Most of you know the feeling, both excitement and sorrow battling in your heart. I have always been close with my mother so I never lost touch with her. I phone her once a week, and even asked her to make a Skype account so we could talk more often, and I fly home few times every year.

On the Christmas of 2013 my mother decided that she wanted to fly to my place in California and see for herself how my life is. She wanted to see my house, my neighborhood, and most of all her 3-year old granddaughter.

We made plans for her trip. I booked her flight and made sure she packed the right stuff. She’s never been into travelling before and this was just her second time. I was very nervous for her trip. My mom is 63 years old and somewhat a tiny lady. Not to be misunderstood, though; she is very healthy, agile, and has a presence of mind. The only thing I worried about was her lack of a sense of direction. She would literally get lost in a shopping mall.

The day of her trip came, and she was supposed to arrive at 7:15 in the morning. So I went to the airport at 7:00 to fetch her. While I was at the comfort room, the plane arrived and passengers went off. I hurriedly went to look for my mom but I couldn’t see her. When the last of the passengers left, I was sick with worry. Where was my mom? Did she miss her flight? What happened to her? 

So I called my husband and told him what happened. He left his work and together we looked for mom. We asked the airport personnel if my mom was indeed on the plane. She was, so that means she got off safely. And that means she was in California, possibly wandering alone. We scoured the streets nearest the airport, looked inside restaurants, and even called the police. When we got super exhausted after a day’s search, we went home in low spirits. I was terribly worried.

When we arrived at home we saw at the front door a tiny old lady wearing caramel pants and sweaters. My mom stood up, looking very stern, and demanded, “Where have you been?”