~The lead up to Christmas Day is often full of excitement and anticipation for everyone, with events, shopping, and dinners to attend, most of us have little time for boredom.  Christmas Day; however, can often be another story.  Once the gifts are opened and the dinner is done, many Americans will be found lounging in their living rooms, watching an endless loop of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

One surefire way to avoid the after-dinner slump is to roll out a few fun and festive family games this Christmas!

The Decorating Game
The first step to a successful round of this game is to find someone in your family that is a good sport.  Once you’ve determined the best family member for the job, the idea is to decorate that person as a Christmas-sy object or figure.  Some ideas are a Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, an Elf, or a reindeer.  Provide decorations like crepe paper, aluminum foil, wrapping paper scraps, bows, and of course, tape, and then watch the hilarity ensue!

Christmas Trivia
Tis the season for a Christmas trivia showdown!  Pull some trivia from online lists like Santa trivia, Christmas tree trivia, or trivia about Christmas traditions from around the world, and have at it.  This is a good activity at the dinner table, or for lounging in your living room (with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation playing in the background).

Present Scramble
This last idea does take a bit of prep work, but it will definitely pay off when the time comes to play.  First, wrap a small gift in a small box, then wrap that box in a larger box, and repeat until you’ve exhausted your box stash.  To play, choose a number, and have everyone take turns rolling the die.  The first person to roll the chosen number can start unwrapping, but there’s a catch.  The unwrapper must wear oven mitts!  As they are unwrapping, the remaining family members continue to roll the die until someone again rolls the chosen number, and they take the mitts to continue the unwrapping.  Continue playing, and the person that unwraps the actual gift can keep it.