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Christmas! The time of year when we remember the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, while we also enjoy catching up with family and friends, eating too much good food and attending an unending round of parties. It is a time of joy yet it can also be quite stressful. One of the stresses can be if you are called upon to organise a Christmas party for your church, club or office. Here are six of the best Christmas games for groups to make your task a little less stressful.

You may like to start with a Christmas icebreaker game where people can be introduced to each other and everyone can begin to enter the joy of a party. "All I Want for Christmas" is one example, where players sit in a circle. One player starts by saying "My name is... All I want for Christmas is..." The next player states their name before saying "All (name of first player) wants is... All I want for Christmas is..." Players continue around the circle. Any player who cannot repeat the list of everyone's name and gift is out. You may like to restart the games when the list gets to about 10-12 names to make it a little easier.

A feature of many group Christmas games is a gift exchange time, where everyone brings a gift to a pre-set value (say $5). You could distribute the gifts using a simple raffle, but it is much more fun to make it into a game. One of the favourite and most fun Christmas gift exchange games is the "Left Right Christmas Game", where players sit in a circle holding a gift. As the games leader reads a story, the gifts are passed to the left whenever the word 'Left' occurs and to the right whenever 'Right' occurs. At the end of the story, players open whatever gift they are holding at that time.

One of the best active Christmas games for groups is "Balloon Relay". Players for two even teams, each with a wooden ruler. One team must use the wooden ruler to bat a red balloon around a chair at the other end of the room and back while the other team uses a green balloon. The first team to finish the relay wins.

Younger children may enjoy "Christmas Card Hunt", where each child is given half a card. They must find the matching halves of the Christmas cards which have been scattered around the room. The first child to find three matching halves wins the game.

Christmas carols are an integral part of any Christmas celebration. Try one of our Christmas carol games to test your groups knowledge of carols. One game involves a player from one team being given the name of a common carol. The player must draw a picture so the rest of the team can name and sing the first verse within one minute.

Finally, one of the best Christmas games for groups is another active team game called "All Tied Up". Two teams form separate circles, each with a ball of twine (one green, one red, if available). The first player on each team winds the twine once around their waist and then passes it to the player on their left who does the same, and so on a round and around the circle until one team wins when they are wrapped completely in their ball of twine.

For further details on these and more Christmas games for groups please visit our website.

Andrew owns Family Games Treasurehouse which has over thirty ideas for Christmas party games. Visit and sign up for our free newsletter to download our ebook, "25 Family Dice Games". This article is copyright but may be freely republished provided the text, author credit, site links and this copyright notice remain intact.

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