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Five Christmas Games you HAVE to try!

In all the Christmas mahem it’s easy to forget to plan stuff to do to keep all the family entertained (especially when it’s day 4 and Uncle Geoff’s outstayed his welcome and the kids are beginning to get a bit annoying.)

 

So we’ve come up with a few alternative games, for when the sixth game of Monopoly is just one too many…

 

Candy Canes

Remember the good old days when Bowie was rocking and Bob Dylan was rolling? Well, if so you’ll have tried part of this game before. Take a Candy cane, perch it on your nose and see who can hold it the longest!

 

 

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Christmas A-Z

Note the alphabet from A to Z down a sheet of paper. Ask everyone to fill in each letter with a Christmas themed word! Quickest to finish wins! Simple, but cheap and effective.

(You could maybe do with having a judge in case dad tries to cheat.)

 

 

Guess the Gift

Tell all your guests to bring a gift they would like to receive. Ideally keep the cost under a tenner. When everyone’s there, place the presents into a bag, mix them up and open them one by one. Now, let everyone guess who brought which gift.

 

 

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Dunk the Bells

Don’t be surprised if this energetic holiday game vaguely reminds you of your teenage years. To play Jingle Bell Toss, you simply throw tiny jingle bells (or sweets) into your opponent’s plastic cups. You could even decorate the cups with marker pens and cotton wool to make your own mini Santa cups!

If you’re all adults, why not add a splash of eggnog…to add to the entertainment if nothing else.

 

 

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Get Three in a Row

Those old wine corks can get the Frozen makeover for this wintry version of three in a row. The secret Frozen fan in all of us can enjoy this guilty pleasure!

 

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Christmas wrapping like a pro

Do your friends and family know which presents are from you for all the wrong reasons?

Confuse and amaze them this year, with a couple of our tips that’ll have you wrapping better than an elf on Red Bull.

 

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1. Always measure your wrapping paper first and trim off the extra bit. To know how much you need, especially if you’ve got a massive present and you don’t want to end up wrapping yourself.  Wrap a bit of string or tape measure around the gift, then lay the string on the gift wrap and trim it to the required length.

 

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(note: Don’t buy anyone a pumpkin for Christmas. They won’t like it.)

 

2. If you have trouble cutting giftwrap in a straight line, mark the paper at the edge of the sheet and fold it – then just cut along the crease. We can all just about manage that.

 

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3. Keep all the off-cuts. Odd lengths of ribbon can come in handy to tie round the neck of a bottle – great for a quick and easy present for the neighbour you forgot.

 

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4. If you’re half way through wrapping and run out of paper (we’ve all been there swearing profusely), make a ‘cheat pleat’ with another bit of paper. Pretend you meant for it to look like that by putting the pleat in the middle on top of the gift.

 

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5. When curling ribbon, remember to do it with scissors shut. Follow the natural curl of the ribbon when pulling it between your scissors and thumb. A bit of ribbon can help make a bad gift look like you’ve tried.

 

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Have you got any more tips up your sleeve?

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